Malaysia Plane forced to make Emergency landing after engine fire. A Malaysia Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Melbourne, Australia, on Friday after it reported a possible engine fire, the company said in a statement.
According to the statement, Flight MH148 took off from Melbourne towards Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital, when the problem occurred a few minutes later.
The Airbus circled the airport a few times before it turned back and made an emergency landing at 3pm local time (5am GMT).
Fire trucks were on scene, but a preliminary inspection of the plane revealed “no physical evidence of fire externally”, said the airline.
No injuries were reported and all 300 passengers disembarked safely.
The company earlier this month announced it was “technically bankrupt” after failing to reap a profit in years. It’s new CEO, Christoph Mueller told the BBC the company plans to launch an entirely new Malaysian Airlines”.
This comes following two devastating disasters last year. In March 2014, MH370 disappeared with 239 passengers and crew members on board. The plane has still not been found, and it is believed to have crashed somewhere in the south Indian Ocean.
Just four months later, MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine with nearly 300 people on board. It is alleged Pro-Russian separatists shot down the plane by mistake.
But even before these tragedies, the airline did not reap a profit for three years. Malaysia Airline’s financial performance was among the worst in the industry.