Malaysia Airlines makes emergency landing after fire alert

Emergency declared after ‘engine fire’ alert goes off in cabin of flight to Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia Airlines was involved in two air disasters in 2014 with MH370 disappearing over the southern Indian Ocean last March and MH17 being shot down over Ukraine a few months later. Photograph: Mana Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images

Malaysia Airlines was involved in two air disasters in 2014 with MH370 disappearing over the southern Indian Ocean last March and MH17 being shot down over Ukraine a few months later. Photograph: Mana Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images

 

A Malaysia Airlines flight returned safely to Melbourne on Friday, having turned back within minutes of take-off after an engine fire alert went off, Air Services Australia said.

“There was an emergency declared, there was an ‘engine fire’ alert in the cabin. The plane proceeded to dump the fuel and returned to land and it landed safely at the aviation rescue sites,” a spokeswoman at Airservices Australia said.

Local media reported there were 300 people on board the Airbus A330 flight to Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia Airlines was involved in two air disasters in 2014 with MH370 disappearing over the southern Indian Ocean last March and MH17 being shot down over Ukraine a few months later.

The incident could further dent confidence in the “technically bankrupt” Malaysian carrier, whose decline began long before the tragic events of last year.

The newly appointed chief executive of the airline Christoph Mueller said last week that the carrier is “technically bankrupt”, as he announced plans for a restructuring that will cut the company’s workforce by a third.

The airline has confirmed previously disclosed plans to cut 6,000 jobs, shrinking its workforce to 14,000.