Malaysia Airline Flight Forced Into Emergency Landing After Flying Over Icelandic Volcano

The 219 passengers were visibly shaken after the incident.The 219 passengers were visibly shaken after the incident.

Reykjavik| A flight of the now infamous Malaysia Airlines was forced to land in Iceland, after their plane’s navigation systems were damaged by the heat and debris erupting from the volcano over which it was flying. The company’s flight MH131 going from Paris to New York reportedly went through a zone of “heavy turbulence” with “very low visibility” for a few minutes, before many of the navigation equipment simply stopped working, forcing the pilots to land the plane manually.

The pilots were directed to fly the Boeing 777 almost directly over the active Bardarbunga volcano, despite many warnings from the International Civil Aviation Organization. The extreme heat and the large quantity of sediments projected in the sky by the volcanic eruption have made the flight path extremely dangerous, as the damage to the plane shows.

Trying desperately to cut its prices to bring back customers, the Malaysian company has decided to ignore all warnings and fly over the active volcano.

Trying desperately to cut its prices to bring back lost customers, the Malaysian company has decided to ignore all warnings and fly over the active volcano.

“There was lots of smoke and flying embers, it looked like hell!” says Mohamed Teuku, one of the survivors. “The plane was shaking and trembling, I thought it was going fall apart! I thought the company had learned their lesson and that they would stop putting people’s life in danger, but it looks like I was wrong… That’s it, I’m never flying with them again!”

The company’s regional senior vice president PK Lee, explained that the company had “thoroughly evaluated the risks” before choosing that flight path and that the passengers’ lives were “never really at risk“.

The Boeing 777-200ER airplane carried 171 passengers and 11 crew members when it was forced to proceed to an emergency landing.

The Boeing 777-200ER airplane was carrying 171 passengers and 11 crew members when it was forced to proceed to an emergency landing.

 

Malaysia Airlines has been implicated in a series of incidents recently that has led many travellers away from the company. Flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, completely vanished on 8 March 2014. There has been no confirmation of any flight debris, and no crash site has been found. Flight MH17 crashed on 17 July 2014, presumably shot down over eastern Ukraine by a surface-to-air missile thought to have been fired by pro-Russian rebels, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board.

Combined with an already poor financial situation, some aviation and economic experts believed these tragic events could spell the end for Malaysia Airlines. An ill-conceived promotional campaign asking passengers to nominate what they wanted to do before they died, did not help, following a series of people posting pictures of near empty planes on social media.

But the airline is fighting back, promising “best value airfares for UK and European dream holidays”, a policy that had brought a few passengers back. This new incident could however destroy much of their efforts.

7 Comments on "Malaysia Airline Flight Forced Into Emergency Landing After Flying Over Icelandic Volcano"

  1. Look like a pattern there….March – plane vanished. June – shot down. September – emergency landing over icelandic volcano. December? What next?

  2. Bring Back Idris Jala, that will solve the problems and he know what he is doing……

  3. OK…Ok…It was Air Force One that landed in Iceland. The US government, as we all know, can’t pay its bills and shuts down every few months as the US Congress tries to evade paying dues. It chose the shorter route but found it had to make an emergency landing. This detour caused its fuel supply to run low and it needed refuelling. The Iceland airport authorities didn’t want to receive IOUs from the US and face risk of default. To solve the problem, the pilot decided to use another airline’s name. The Air Force One pilot used MAS’ name as he couldn’t use a call sign of an actual flight flying that route as it would have been dangerous. So, the lesser harm was to use a non-existent call sign as this avoids safety issues.

  4. “There was lots of smoke and flying embers, it looked like hell!” says Mohamed Teuku, one of the survivors.

    They all survived. lol.

  5. Almost third time? This was clearly negligence…..

    • third time? not so. this would be the fourth. the third would be MH198, emergency landing back to KL from a flight on the way to india. due to technical problems. and yes, clearly negligence. they are focusing more how to make money back than how to be better!

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