Malaysia Airlines flight to Bangkok returns to Kuala Lumpur

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Malaysia Airlines has clarified an emergency incident involving flight MH780, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. The flight had to return to Kuala Lumpur International Airport due to technical issues.

Flight MH780, operated by Malaysia Airlines, declared an emergency code 7700, indicating a serious issue requiring immediate attention. The aircraft descended from its cruising altitude to approximately 10,000 feet, initially suspected to be related to the cabin pressure system. The plane then safely returned to Kuala Lumpur.

“Malaysia Airlines can confirm that one of its flights experienced technical issues with cabin pressure. Flight MH780, travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok, had to return to Kuala Lumpur International Airport.”

The emergency descent was managed without breaching cabin pressure limits, and oxygen masks for passengers were not deployed. The aircraft maintained stability and landed safely upon its return to Kuala Lumpur at 8.18pm.

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Malaysia Airlines emphasised the importance of passenger safety, stating that it remains their highest priority. The airline assured that safety protocols were followed meticulously during the incident.

Flight tracking website flightradar24 initially reported the emergency, noting the aircraft’s rapid descent and subsequent return to Kuala Lumpur. The emergency code 7700 is used globally to signal an urgent situation aboard an aircraft, prompting immediate attention and response from air traffic control and emergency services.

Passengers on the affected flight were likely provided alternative arrangements to reach their destination, although specific details on passenger accommodations were not mentioned in the airline’s statement, reported KhaoSod.

In related news, Malaysia Airlines announced three new routes to the Maldives, Chiang Mai, and Da Nang. As part of its ambitious expansion strategy aimed at capturing the leisure market, the airline, a key player in the Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG), is primed to whisk travellers away to exotic destinations with unparalleled ease.

In other news, AirAsia resumed its direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and Pattaya on June 17.

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Puntid Tantivangphaisal

Originally from Hong Kong, Puntid moved to Bangkok in 2020 to pursue further studies in translation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Puntid spent 8 years living in Manchester, UK. Before joining The Thaiger, Puntid has been a freelance translator for 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and listening to music, as well as writing short fiction and poetry.

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