RMAF jet makes emergency landing at Kuching airport


KUCHING: A fighter jet from the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) flying from Labuan to Butterworth made an emergency landing at the international airport here today after a malfunction involving the cockpit nose landing gear indicator.

The F/A-18D aircraft made what the RMAF later described as a “precautionary landing” at 2.46pm after facing a “minor problem”.

The plane was later towed to the RMAF hangar for inspection, said Sarawak Air Fire and Rescue Service (AFRS) regional manager Wan Johari Wan Shahid.

He said the pilot had called the control tower at the airport at 2.41pm, requesting to make an emergency landing.

The AFRS immediately made preparations for a full emergency landing and five minutes later, the aircraft made a normal landing without any problem, he said.

The flight operations at the airport continued without any impact on the schedule.

The RMAF public relations division issued a statement late this evening saying the cockpit nose landing gear indicator had failed to function although the landing gear had engaged.

The aircraft was returning to the Butterworth airbase after taking part in the Paradise 4/2017 exercise at the Labuan airbase, it said.

On Nov 18, an RMAF Hercules C130 aircraft made a successful belly landing at the Labuan airport after experiencing a landing gear problem.