Malaysia Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Chennai

Agencies : Sep 03, 2015,  A Malaysia-bound flight with 230 passengers on board made an emergency landing at the Chennai airport on Thursday following a technical problem.

The Airlines said the problem was due to broken lavatories. The flight later took off after the problem was attended to, they said.

A spokeswoman said MH19 — the new flight code after “MH17” was retired following the tragedy — landed in Chennai on a scheduled flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. “The plane had to land due to inoperable lavatories,” a spokesperson said. It was to land in Kuala Lumpur later on Thursday morning.

Flight-tracking websites showed MH19 making two wide turns over Chennai before landing.

The spokeswoman attributed this to a lack of immediate parking slots in Chennai, and the standard practice of burning excess fuel before unexpected landings.

The unexpected landing came just two days after the carrier touted the formal launch of a new holding company, Malaysia Airlines Berhad — part of efforts to turn the page on last year’s tragedies.

MH17 was blown out of the sky, killing all 298 aboard, by a suspected ground-to-air missile over Ukraine in July 2014.

Four months earlier, flight MH370 disappeared with 239 passengers and crew aboard.