Published: Thu, January 18, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Malaysia Airlines flight MH122 makes emergency landing in Alice Springs

Malaysia Airlines flight MH122 makes emergency landing in Alice Springs

A Malaysia Airlines flight travelling from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur has been forced to make an emergency landing at Alice Springs, Australia.

The flight, which left Sydney Airport at 1.06pm, landed in Alice Springs at 5.48pm (local time) although it was scheduled to arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 6.30pm the same day.

The MH122 flight bound for Kuala Lumpur from Sydney was only four hours into its flight when it was diverted.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH122, which was today diverted to the Australian outback town of Alice Springs, had 224 passengers on board.

"We turned back and we are now sitting at the Airport in Alice Springs".

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"We [are] also working hard to reallocate passengers with onward connections on to the next available flights to their destination", the airline added, stressing that safety is its top priority.

"It was like hell, this flight, and they were told to be ready for an emergency landing".

News website news.com.au reported passengers on board Flight MH122 expressing their fears on social media, with one tweeting that there was no announcement for 15 minutes after the plane's engine started to make a loud and disturbing noise.

"The pilot landed on one engine only, one of them was completely broken", Mohamad Nogheib, a fellow passenger, told ABC.

"I was scared for my life, I'm not going to lie", he told ABC.

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