Feb 17, Colombo: Malaysia Airlines flight MH 179 from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Colombo Sri Lanka was forced to turn back today due to technical issues, New Straits Times reported.
Malaysia Airlines in a statement said the aircraft that departed at 10.10 pm yesterday, had to turn back when its auxiliary power unit (APU) was unable to start. The APU is backup power that is required to be switched on when an aircraft crosses over water. The aircraft landed at the KLIA at 1.50 am, today.
"Due to closure of Bandaranaike International Airport for scheduled maintenance at the runway, an immediate retiming was not possible. Hence, passengers were accommodated at nearby hotels.
"The flight will now operate as MH179D to depart from Kuala Lumpur at 3.30 pm and is expected to arrive in Colombo at 4.35 pm (local time) today."
"The return leg MH178D has been retimed to depart Colombo at 5.10 pm (local time) on the same day and will arrive at KLIA at 11:20 pm," it said.
Malaysia Airlines said safety has always been the main priority. It apologized to the affected passengers for the disruption.