Another Malaysia Airlines Flight Forced To Divert Back To KLIA

A mother writes message to son on board dedicated to passengers onboard missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in Beijing
A mother writes a message to her son on a board dedicated to passengers onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 at Lido Hotel, in Beijing March 24, 2014.

Another Malaysia Airlines flight was forced to divert back to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) 50 minutes after departure due to air pressure problems.

The Malaysia Airlines flight MH70, left KLIA for Tokyo Narita Airport at 10.50am (Malaysia time), on Saturday. However, it diverted back to KLIA as precautionary method against perceived problem on cabin air pressure. Upon the plane's landing to the airport, the passengers were advised that their flight has to be rescheduled to 1.15pm, and on a different aircraft.

The official Malaysia Airlines (MAS) website had latter listed MH70 to have departed KLIA at 1.22 and arrived in Tokyo at 8.44pm, The Star reports.

According to Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, director-general of the Department of Civil Aviation, the plane was unable to maintain the recommended pressure inside the cabin.

"It was not able to maintain the right pressure differential for the comfort of the passengers. It is not a major problem," Abdul Rahman told AFP.

MAS had always been in the centre of the people's attention since flight MH30 went missing and MH17 downing.

However, even during these very trying times, Malay­sian Tourism Promotion Board chairman Tan Sri Dr Ng Yen said that MAS is focused in its target of 1.8 million tourists for 2014 and 2 million tourists for 2015.  

Ng Yen said that instead of huge billboards, MAS is now going more personal with their promotion dubbed as "silent promotion."

With "silent promotion," MAS will approach local travel agencies and exchange thoughts on how everyone will move ahead together, Ng Yen added.

Meanwhile, the Malaysian and Australian government will sign a memorandum of understanding to toughen their teamwork in their search for MH370.

On Monday, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai will attend a tripartite meeting with Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and Chinese counterpart.

The search for MH370 will not be taken for granted because of MH17, Tiong Lai reiterated in a press conference before flying to Australia.

"As we work tirelessly for families of victims who were on board MAS Flight MH17, I would also like to reassure the next-of-kin of MH370 passengers that we have maintained our resolve to continue with the search for the aircraft. To reiterate, MH370 remains a top priority for us and the Government of Malaysia to continue with the search," he said.

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