KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines today said one of its A380 aircraft returned to London’s Heathrow Airport after takeoff due to malfunctioning of a door.
“Malaysia Airlines would like to apologise for the delay of flight MH1 from London-Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur which has now departed London. The flight had earlier returned to London due to a technical defect with an Airbus 380 aircraft door. The noise and vibration from the door was of no immediate safety risk,” it said in a statement.
The defect was repaired in London Heathrow with consultation from Airbus and the licensing authorities. A panel in the door was tightened and the aircraft defect was cleared for takeoff. Safety remains Malaysia Airlines’ number one priority, the national carrier of Malaysia said in a statement.
MH1 is serviced daily by the Airbus 380-800 and Malaysia Airlines will work closely with the manufacturer to isolate the root cause of the issue, it added.
Alternative arrangements are being made for passengers connecting in Kuala Lumpur with other airlines to ensure they get to their destination as soon as possible. Passengers were given constant updates and refreshments while the aircraft was in London Heathrow, it noted.