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Wednesday September 19, 2007

State leaders left stranded by cancelled flight

MYT 2:23:12 PM

KUALA TERENGGANU: A MAS flight was cancelled at Sultan Mahmud Airport following a technical hitch causing 140 passengers, including Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh and several state leaders, to be stranded. 

The MH1335 flight from Kuala Terengganu to Kuala Lumpur International Airport was supposed to leave at 4.10pm on Tuesday. 

Bukit Tunggal assemblyman Mohd Nasir Ibrahim Fikri who was among the dignitaries accompanying Idris, said a flight crew informed the passengers about announced about the aircraft’s malfunction when they were seated for take-off. 

"We were told to disembark and wait for further announcement," he said when met during at buka puasa function here on Tuesday. 

Mohd Nasir said Idris and other leaders were supposed to attend a Ramadan gathering with Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at his official residence in Putrajaya. 

"We were supposed to arrive there by 6pm but were unable to make it by time due to this," he said. 

It is learnt that aircraft’s air-conditioning system had malfunctioned.

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