PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - Malindo Air has confirmed that Flight OD206, from New Delhi, India to Kuala Lumpur, was forced to make an emergency landing in Thailand early Monday morning due to a technical glitch.
In a statement, Malindo Air said the glitch was discovered by the operating crew who immediately carried out the emergency checklist and alerted the air traffic control towers before diverting the aircraft to Don Mueng International Airport.
Flight OD206, operated on Boeing 737-900ER, departed Indira Gandhi International Airport at 10.05pm, Sunday was carrying 121 passengers including three infants and eight crew member.
"The aircraft was supposed to have arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) at 5.25am this morning," said the statement, adding that it had landed safely at 2.25am, Monday (in Bangkok).
"The passengers are being taken care of by Thai Lion Air and arrangements to put them on another flight to Kuala Lumpur at 3.45pm (4.45pm Malaysian time) are already under way," it said.
The technical glitch is being investigated and has been formally reported to the relevant authorities, the engine and aircraft manufacturer, it added.
Malindo Air chief executive officer R. Chandran told The Star Online that oxygen masks had been deployed soon after the glitch was encountered, when the aircraft was over Yangon, Myanmar.
However, he said, this was a standard practice when an aircraft experiences decompression.
"When there is decompression, the oxygen mask will come down and the pilot will go to the safest altitude to ensure that everything is under control," he said.
Chandran said the pilot immediately followed the next standard operating procedure, which was to land it at the nearest airport.
"The passengers were very thankful and they praised the pilot for handling the situation well," he said, adding that the passengers will be departing Bangkok earlier than scheduled.