KUALA LUMPUR: Budget airline Malindo Air recorded the most flight turnbacks compared with other airlines since 2015.
In a written reply to Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut) in Parliament Thursday, the Transport Ministry said Malindo Air, which started operations in 2013, made 20 turnbacks between February 2015 and July 4, 2017.
It said Malaysia Airlines Berhad made four turnbacks between Dec 20, 2015 and Dec 13, 2016 while AirAsia recorded four from March 10, 2015 to July 3, 2017.
Lim also asked the ministry for reasons behind the two recent turnback incidents in Australia by AirAsia X.
The ministry said for the July 3 incident, AirAsia X flight from Gold Coast, Australia to Kuala Lumpur had to land at Brisbane airport due to a bird strike to its second engine shortly after taking off.
As for the June 25 incident, AirAsia X flight from Perth to Gold Coast, Australia had to turn back after one of the airplane's blades broke and was sucked into the engine.
Investigations are being conducted for both incidents, said the ministry.