New dates for follow-up talks in London

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  • Friday, 20 Apr 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: A new date will be sought with the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) agency in London to discuss follow-ups to British Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit to Malaysia last week.

Malaysia’s High Commissioner to Britain Datuk Seri Zakaria Sulong said the meeting scheduled for Tuesday had to be cancelled as his flight from Kuala Lumpur encountered engine trouble.

“Everything seemed on track and I was about to fly to London for the meeting when the aircraft had to return to Kuala Lumpur after a loud sound was heard shortly after take off on Monday night.

“It was a frightening experience, but the Malaysia Airlines crew

handled the situation very well. We were told that there was no dan-ger at all,’’ he said in an interview

from London.

Zakaria was among 351 passengers and 21 crew onboard flight MH2.

MAS said the aircraft experienced a technical defect in one of its engines while in the air and the captain had decided to return to KLIA in the interest of passenger safety. The passengers boarded a “rescue aircraft” to London at 10.34am the next day.

Zakaria said he would have a hectic schedule as there were a lot of things to follow up on “as new targets had been set” following Cameron’s visit.

Meanwhile, MAS chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya commended the operating crew of the MAS flight concerned, describing them as “heroes”.

“They activated all necessary procedures and provided emotional comfort, during the critical duration when the flight had to return to KLIA,” he said in a statement.

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