Engine Issue Force KL-Bound Malindo Air Flight To Be Diverted To Delhi

PETALING JAYA: A Malindo Air flight originally heading from Lahore, Pakistan to Kuala Lumpur was forced to be diverted to Delhi, India due to an engine issue.

Malindo Air flight OD132 left Lahore at about 9.25pm on Sunday before it encountered technical difficulties.

The airline said the captain had followed standard operating procedure and landed the airplane safely at the nearest airport, which was the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi.

“All 75 passengers on board were safe and were given a night’s stay in a Delhi airport hotel. Passengers were sent to Kuala Lumpur on OD206 & OD208 the following day,” the airline said in a statement on Tuesday.

It said a technical crew had been dispatched to the airport to conduct inspections on the aircraft together with technical handlers under Indian carrier Jet Airways.

“Investigations are on-going with the engine manufacturer and Boeing to find out the root cause of the issue,” said Malindo Air.

MEANWHILE, AirAsia X is conducting an investigation into Flight D7237 that made an emergency return to Perth Airport due to a “technical issue”.

“We are currently conducting an investigation into the cause of the incident together with our engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce. We are also cooperating fully with the local aviation authorities,” AirAsia X said in a statement.

Passengers aboard the flight bound for Kuala Lumpur from Perth, Australia on Sunday heard a small explosion on the left wing.

According to reports, the aircraft was shaking like a “washing machine” during the two-hour flight back to the airport.

“The safety of our guests and crew is of utmost importance to us,” AirAsia X said.

It said the AirAsia Group has always strictly followed the maintenance programme prescribed by its manufacturers and has complied with regulations and requirements in every country it has operated in, including Australia.