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PUTRAJAYA, 6 May 2017:
Five passengers were injured after an AirAsia X aircraft encountered severe turbulence mid-flight from Taipei to Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.
In confirming the incident, AirAsia X said in a statement the D7 377 flight had landed safely at KL International Airport 2 (klia2) at 4.30am Thursday.
The statement said there were 11 crew members and 291 passengers on board of the A330-300 aircraft.
“Five injured passengers were treated by paramedics at the airport upon landing. All other passengers were attended to by ground staff and provided with necessary assistance.”
A video clip with the duration of 1.45 minutes – showing a tense cabin crew situation at the galley as the aircraft was experiencing turbulence – went viral on social media.
Meanwhile in IPOH, the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport (LTSAS) was reopened at 4pm yesterday after it was closed on Thursday evening – due to a pothole on the runway.
The pothole area was resurfaced at 12.30am, said Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon, chairman of the Perak Health, Public Transportation, Non-Muslim Affairs, National Integration and New Villages Committee.
An inspection revealed a 12cm by 1m pothole, believed to have been caused by the recent heavy rains that resulted in water collecting beneath the ground surface there, he said.
“However, I was informed that inspection is ongoing to verify the actual cause of the incident.”
Dr Mah said 846 passengers of six international and domestic flights of three airlines were affected by the closure of the airport.
“However, all the passengers will be able to resume their journey through rescheduled or reconnecting flights.”
Asked whether Perak would build a new airport, Dr Mah said: “The state government has already started working on getting a new airport, regardless of the pothole incident.”
Meanwhile, Malaysia Airports Sdn Bhd LTSAS airport manager Mohd Ali Osman said the pothole had appeared 780m away from one that emerged in 2014.
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