MAS pilot's quick action saves lives

MAS pilot's quick action saves lives

PETALING JAYA - The quick action of a Malaysia Airlines (MAS) pilot averted tragedy when he successfully landed a passenger aircraft after it was caught in the slipstream of a larger Jumbo jet.

Terrified passengers on board MH170 from Jakarta said the incident happened about 10 minutes after the pilot announced they were preparing to land at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on Sunday.

Wee Cheng Yong felt the Boeing 737(800) plunge suddenly before swerving right and left.

"I remember the plane shaking violently. There was a lot of screaming because we expected to crash," said the 68-year-old retiree.

Wee said passengers were hanging onto the seats in front of them and they were relieved when the pilot managed to land safely at about 3.05pm.

"Even the landing was turbulent but I am grateful the pilot managed to save us," he said.

Sue Kaur, who was seated by a window, felt the aircraft jerking suddenly before seeing the plane's wing tilting violently to the right.

"Passengers were crying out in fear. The plane was rattling before it dipped to the left," said the 46-year-old housewife.

She also felt the plane dip further before the pilot managed to regain control and the aircraft started to gain altitude.

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