US flight with Malaysians forced to make U-turn

NEW YORK - American Airlines Flight AA104 bound for London had to make a U-turn 45 minutes after taking off from the John F. Kennedy Airport here following a technical problem.

Fourteen Malaysians, including six pressmen, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman's press secretary Datin Nirvana Jalil Ghani and Wisma Putra officials, were on board the flight.

RTM cameraman Mohamad Zamzy Othman said they were shocked when the captain informed them that there was a technical problem and they had to return to JFK in the 9pm (local time) incident on Saturday.

"After turning back, we had to wait for about two hours for the repair work to be done before they allowed us to leave for London on the same flight. We were scheduled to arrive in London at 8.50am, but we arrived at 2.30pm instead.

"We are still trying to find the next available flight home," Zamzy messaged Bernama through Facebook.

The pressmen were covering the election for five non-permanent seats in the UN Security Council, in which Malaysia won one of the seats for the Asia-Pacific group.