Plane bringing Malaysians home from Iran arrives in KLIA

The special AirAsia flight ferrying Malaysians from Iran arrived at KLIA at 6.35am. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The special flight carrying 46 Malaysians and nine citizens of neighbouring countries from Tehran, Iran, one of the countries severely affected by the Covid-19 outbreak, arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang early today.

The AirAsia flight chartered for the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief mission initiated by the government landed at 6.35am, the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) said.

Eight of the foreign citizens are from Singapore and one from Indonesia.

Also on board were five staff members from the health ministry, two from the foreign affairs ministry, a Nadma officer and 16 AirAsia crew.

All the 55 passengers went through health screening at the Air Disaster Unit at KLIA before being ferried to the monitoring centre in Bandar Enstek, Nilai, Negeri Sembilan, where they will undergo 14 days’ quarantine.

In Singapore, the government thanked Putrajaya and the Malaysian embassy in Tehran for accepting its request to help evacuate the Singaporeans.

“The Singaporeans will serve a 14-day quarantine in Kuala Lumpur, as required by the Malaysian health authorities, before returning to Singapore,” the ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement.

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