AirAsia X pilots lauded for their action

AirAsia X pilots lauded for their action
An AirAsia X plane at Kuala Lumpur International Airport

PETALING JAYA - The quick thinking action of the pilots of AirAsia X Flight D7172 is commendable, say Malaysians.

The pilots' action to return to KLIA2 rather than to continue to Jeddah, the plane's original destination, after noticing a technical error in the plane's system was seen as a smart move by the public.

Frequent traveller Aimi Nurha­neem Sohaimi, 27, said the pilots' action showed that they placed utmost importance on the safety of the passengers.

"For me, the pilots did the right thing as they could have continued with the flight but chose to turn back (to KLIA2) as a precautionary measure.

"This shows that they did not want to risk the passengers' safety," said Aimi, a legal adviser.

Project management executive Nadia Iskandar, 25, felt that the decision to return to KLIA2 was the sa­fest option that the pilots could take.

"Turning back to an airport (KLIA2) that the pilots of the plane are familiar with is probably the safer option (than continuing with the flight).

"(The technical error) must have been serious enough to warrant the turn back," said Nadia, adding that she hoped that AirAsiaX would disclose the nature of the technical error.

According to Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, AirAsia X Flight D7172 encountered the technical glitch shortly after its departure from KLIA2 at around 12.20pm on Sunday.

The pilots then circled around the Strait of Malacca to burn fuel and landed safely at 5.40pm on the same day.

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