PETALING JAYA: A Malaysia Airlines flight was delayed after the plane was hit by a car while it was still on the tarmac preparing to take off at KL International Airport.
Following the incident yesterday, two flights – MH740 and MH741 – to and from Yangon had to be rescheduled.
Flight MH740 was supposed to have departed for Yangon at 10.05am but the vehicle, which belonged to a vendor, rammed into the belly.
According to a statement from MAS, the driver of the vehicle was immediately reprimanded. Its director of operations Captain Izham Ismail said MAS engineers were on site to assess the damage.
“The preliminary assessment showed no immediate risk to the structure of the aircraft. However, the grounding of the aircraft was necessary to conduct a thorough check,” said Captain Izham.
Passengers on the affected plane were transferred to the next flight out at 10.45am. The return flight, MH741, was retimed to depart from Yangon at 12.30pm.
Meanwhile, a police spokesman said the 25-year-old driver had confessed to not fully engaging the handbrake of his car.
“Without him noticing, the car moved towards the plane and got stuck underneath the aircraft. We removed the vehicle by deflating the car’s front tyres,” he said.