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Malaysia Airlines explains flight diversion

September 16, 2012

Malaysia Airlines flight MH181/Sept 15 that departed Chennai, India at 0155 hours for KL International Airport (KLIA) was diverted to Penang due to low cabin pressure detected during the final phase of the journey.

As a precautionary measure, the oxygen masks were released in the A330-200 aircraft for the 195 passengers on board and the flight landed safely at 8.23am in Penang International Airport.

Malaysia Airlines arranged alternative flights from Penang for the passengers to continue their journey to KLIA.

The national carrier’s Director of Operations Capt Izham Ismail said, ‘The diversion was necessary in the interest of our passengers and we activated necessary precautionary measures inflight to ensure minimal discomfort for our customers. Alternate arrangements are now being made to send the passengers to KLIA as well as their final destinations. On behalf of Malaysia Airlines, we apologise to our customers of MH181 for the disruption to their travel plans’.

This statement is issued by Media Relations, Strategic Communications, Malaysia Airlines

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