Probe ordered into series of MAS airliner issues

Malaysia Airlines flight MH192 from Kuala Lumpur to Bangalore is seen at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur, April 21, 2014.

KUALA LUMPUR - The Transport Ministry has ordered a probe on why there are a series of technical problems involving Malaysia Airlines (MAS) planes.

"This is important to ensure that the public will be confident when travelling with MAS," said Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi.

He added that the standard safety procedures before take-off for all flights would also be reviewed following the incident involving the MAS flight bound for Bengalaru (Bangalore), India, which was forced to turn back when its landing gears malfunctioned.

"The SOPs must be fine-tuned further to avoid such accidents," he told reporters at the Parliament lobby yesterday.

He also expressed gratitude that the plane landed safely while the pilot had followed all the standard operating procedures.

"The pilot did a good job and managed to return safely at KLIA. He followed the SOPs - including dumping some fuel to ensure a safe landing," he added.

MAS flight MH192 was forced to turn back and landed safely in KLIA.

The airline tweeted earlier that the Boeing 737-800 aircraft landed safely at 1.56am.

The flight was carrying 166 people comprising 159 passengers and seven crew members.