KOTA KINABALU: A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 flight with 43 passengers aboard landed safely at the international airport here shortly after one of its two engines shut down minutes after take-off on Thursday night.
Passengers said the plane dipped to the left after they heard a bang 20 minutes into the flight but the pilot managed to stabilise the aircraft before making a safe landing under the watchful eyes of firemen on the ground.
Passengers on Flight MH081 bound for Kuala Lumpur were informed of a technical problem by the pilot shortly before they returned to Kota Kinabalu at 8.50pm after taking off at 7.55pm.
MH081 had flown in from Tokyos Narita airport and was on its final leg to Kuala Lumpur when the technical problems forced the pilot to abort the flight.
All the passengers were put on alternative flights or given accommodation.