Malaysia Airlines MH2718 Flight Incident

SIBU – Saturday, April 8th 2017: A Malaysia Airlines Flight MH2718 carrying 61 passengers and 6 crew members has skidded on the runway of Sibu Airport upon landing at 10:17 PM that day.

Sibu Airport 2015-03-27 16.17.04
Sibu Airport 2015-03-27 16.17.04

Everyone onboard had safely disembarked from the Boeing 737-800 aircraft via two side rafts. The cause of the incident is still unknown.

April 10th 2017 Update: Malaysia Airports said the runway at Sibu Airport has been reopened at 0000 hrs on Sunday, April 9th 2017. Due to the runway closure, 48 lights and 3,787 passengers were affected.

Source: The Star

 

[ MH370 Update ] Search Will Conclude in December 2016

9M-MRO, the aircraft involved in MH370. Picture by planespotters.net.
9M-MRO, the aircraft involved in MH370. Original picture by planespotters.net.

Canberra, August 24th 2016: The Joint Agency Co-ordination Centre (JACC) said the Australian-led search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is expected to wrap up in December.

The search will be suspended indefinitely if there is no new evidence found. It was originally scheduled to finish in August, but bad weather and unexpected search vessel maintenance has pushed forward the schedule.

The latest statement, jointly released by JACC as well as Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said over 110,000 square kilometers out of 120,000 square kilometers total search zone has been thoroughly explored.

About MH370: On March 8th 2014, the airplane vanished while it is on its way to Beijing, China. No major piece of wreckage has found. It is believed to be crashed at a remote location in Indian Ocean.

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AirAsia - RM 0.59 promotion (Picture from AirAsia Facebook Page)
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Coming Soon: Better Meals from Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines 9M-MLQ 2014-07-15 09.28.21
Malaysia Airlines 9M-MLQ 2014-07-15 09.28.21

Malaysia Airlines will revamp its economy class meals to give more value for its customers. Yes, you heard it right. Economy class passengers will enjoy better meals in the future.

Malaysia Airlines Chief Commercial Officer, Paul Simmons has said the new menu have improvement in ingredients by having more than double the protein size and bigger portions. Besides, overall presentation of the meal will also be improved.

Passengers for short-haul flights will be able to enjoy better in-flight dining experience as hot meals will be introduced for them. All these improvements have added 20% of the overall meal cost.

“This (hot meal) includes dishes such as Japanese inspired appetiser shrimp salad with spring onion, sesame seed chicken teriyaki served with Japanese rice and also Korean influenced kimchi chicken with Asian greens and deep fried queen fish and Kung Pao sauce for North Asian destinations”, said Malaysia Airlines in a statement.

“More Malaysian dishes will also be served on flights between Kuala Lumpur to Australia including curry and rendang as part of the airline’s move to provide a truly Malaysian experience to reflect the cultural richness of the national airline,” it added.

Source: The Star

Helicopter Carrying VIPs Reported Missing in Sarawak

[BREAKING NEWS]

A news report has just come out saying a helicopter was reported missing in Sarawak. The helicopter belongs to GCA Skyline Aviation Inc. Source: Interaksyon. It is registered in Philippines. The helicopter model is Eurocopter AS350 Ecureuil.

-General of Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), Datuk Seri Azharuddin Abdul Rahman has confirmed the disappearance. He said the helicopter lost contact with air traffic control tower just after departure from Betong. “The helicopter left Betong at 4:12 PM and should have arrived in Kuching around 5 PM”, he said.

 

Crew and Passengers

  1. Capt Rudolf Rex Ragas – pilot
  2. Datuk Noriah Kasnon
  3. Asmuni Abdullah – Noriah’s husband
  4. Datuk Wan Mohammad Khairil Anuar Wan Ahmad
  5. Datuk Dr Sundaran Annamalai
  6. Ahmad Sobri Harun – personal bodyguard to Datuk Noriah

 

The Aircraft

  1. Model: Eurocopter AS350 Ecureuil
  2. Type: Single-engine helicopter
  3. Registration Country: Philippines
  4. Registration Number: RP-C6828
  5. Operator: GCA Skyline Aviation Inc.

Search and Rescue (SAR) Team

Malaysian Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai commented about SAR mission during a statement on Friday night (6 May 2016). Source

“The SAR mission is currently being led by the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) with the assistance of the Royal Malaysia Air Force (TUDM), Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), Marine Police, Fire and Rescue Department, Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (APMM) and Civil Defence Department,” – Liow Tiong Lai, Malaysian Transport Minister

 

THURSDAY, MAY 5TH 2016

5:00 PM: A helicopter traveling from Betong to Kuching has been reported lost at that time.

9:00 PM: The Star news portal reported, albeit briefly, about the disappearance. “More to come” has been added at the end of news report, indicating there will be more stories.

9:30 PM: We are still looking for more information on the internet and no new information has been reported. The fate of crew and passengers as well as aircraft registration number remained unknown at the moment.

FRIDAY 6 MAY 2016

12:40 AM: Sarawak Police has given a press statement at 11:30 PM yesterday. No signs of the helicopter so far. Search and rescue team has been deployed at last known location of the helicopter. Sarawak Chief Minister, Tan Sri Adenan Satem has asked people to offer their prayer. Weather was reported as bad during the time of disappearance.

10:04 AM: A team of about 100 personnel are searching for the missing helicopter. They will focus on the districts of Sri Aman, Simunjan and Betong. Personnel involved are from Marine Police, Fire and Rescue Department, Police, General Operations Force and Civil Defence Department. Source: The Star

11:45 AM: Kuala Kangsar MP, Datuk Wan Mohammad Khairil is also in the missing helicopter. Friends and relatives begins to gather at his home to learn about the new developments of the disappearance.

11:49 AM: Fire Rescue team has found debris of a helicopter at Sungai Batang Sadong, believed to be remains of the missing helicopter.

Noon: A body belonged to a woman has been found. The body was brought to SMK Sebuyau with a boat later at 1 pm. It was flown to Kuching by TUDM’s Nuri Helicopter at arrived at 3:30 PM. Source

7:47 PM: Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said the investigation will be conducted by DCA’s Air Accident & Investigation Bureau (BSKU).

 

 

SATURDAY 7 MAY 2016

8:34 AM: Second body was found, according to Farhan Sufyan Borhan, Assistant Director of Sarawak Fire Rescue Department. Source

11:45 AM: Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister, tweeted about the finding of third body in the crash. The third body was later confirmed as Ahmad Sobri. Source

12:17 PM: Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said Search and Rescue (SAR) mission today will cover 875 square kilometers, compared to 2,850 square kilometers yesterday.

3:26 PM: Fourth body has been found.

3:42 PM: Second body has confirmed to be of Dr. Sundaran’s. Source

6:00 PM: The fifth body has been found at 6:00 PM today, about 2 km from Lingga operation centre