[NTD, Beijing, April 08, 2022]Recently, a Malaysian Boeing 737-800 encountered a technical problem during flight and dived 7,000 feet (2,133 meters) in a matter of seconds, causing the passengers on board to cry. Fortunately, the plane finally returned safely without incident.
Malaysia’s “Oriental Daily” reported that on April 5, local time, Malaysia Airlines issued a statement on its official Twitter: “Malaysia Airlines flight MH2664 departed from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau, Sabah on April 3. The weather was bad, so I returned.”
Malaysia Airlines said the pilot decided to return to Kuala Lumpur for the safety of the passengers. The safety of crew and passengers remains Malaysia Airlines’ top priority.
At 5:03 pm on April 3, the flight involved landed safely at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. After landing safely, some passengers on the plane posted on Facebook, telling about their thrilling experience on the plane.
Female passenger Halimah Nasoha wrote on Facebook that the Boeing 737-800 took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 2.30pm and began “swooping down” about 30 minutes after takeoff.
She said data from a mobile phone flight radar app showed the plane was flying at an altitude of 31,000 feet and then dived to 24,000 feet within seconds after encountering a technical problem.
At the time of the accident, her seat belt was not fastened because the seat belt reminder was turned off. As the plane dived, her body left her seat and “floated” in the air.
Ms Halimah said: “After the dive, the plane kept flying very unevenly, and after about 10 minutes, the plane dived again, but the second dive was not as hard as the first.”
She said many passengers panicked, screamed and some cried as the plane dived, and she thought it was time to die.
Fortunately, the plane quickly resumed normal flight, turned around midway, and returned to Kuala Lumpur International Airport. After Halimah took a connecting flight and arrived at Tawau at 9:50 pm.
After the flight returned safely, the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) intervened in the accident investigation and issued a statement saying that preliminary investigation data showed that the operator’s response to the relevant technical problems was correct.
The Boeing 737-800 of Malaysia Airlines encountered a technical problem and plunged to 7,000 feet, which is reminiscent of the MU5735 crash of China Eastern Airlines on March 21.
At that time, the flight trajectory screen of the flight showed that the Boeing 737-800 passenger plane of China Eastern Airlines had an accident during the flight and fell to the ground from an altitude of nearly 9,000 meters in a “cliff-like” shape within 2 minutes. According to the flight trajectory of the flight, the aircraft raised its head and lifted up for a while during the rapid dive, but eventually lost control and swooped directly to the ground, killing all 132 people on board.
According to official reports, on the day of the incident, the flight from Yunnan to Guangzhou did not encounter abnormal weather, nor did it send out a distress signal before it fell. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
(Comprehensive report by reporter Luo Tingting/responsible editor: Wen Hui)
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