Tokyo-bound Malaysian Airlines flight turns back due to pressure problem

Another Malaysian Airlines (MAS) jetliner faced problems in midair and was forced to turn back 50 minutes after taking off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Saturday.

 The Malaysia Airlines MH70 took off at 10:50 am and was heading for Narita Airport in Japan when it encountered difficulties with cabin pressure less than an hour into the journey.

Malaysia’s Director-General of the Department of Civil Aviation, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, told AFP what happened was not a major problem although the passengers had to be transferred to another flight.

“It was not able to maintain the right pressure differential for the comfort of the passengers,” Abdul Rahman explained.

The Boeing 777-20 passengers took another plane after a few hours and the substitute flight is believed to have landed safely in Tokyo.

Malaysia Airlines has had a terrible year, losing two of its passenger jets and a total of 537 people onboard in tragic twin mishaps this 2014. (Click here to read more)

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