Malaysia Airlines flight MH780 to Bangkok returns to Kuala Lumpur airport due to 'pressurisation issue'

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A Malaysia Airlines flight to Bangkok had to make a U-turn to Kuala Lumpur International Airport after experiencing a “pressurisation issue”.

It said the pilots initiated an emergency descent although cabin altitude was not exceeded and passenger oxygen masks were not deployed.

A Malaysia Airlines flight to Bangkok had to make a U-turn to Kuala Lumpur International Airport after experiencing a “pressurisation issue”. A Malaysia Airlines flight to Bangkok had to make a U-turn to Kuala Lumpur International Airport after experiencing a “pressurisation issue”.
A Malaysia Airlines flight to Bangkok had to make a U-turn to Kuala Lumpur International Airport after experiencing a “pressurisation issue”. | NurPhoto via Getty Images

The aircraft remained stable and landed safely at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, just over two hours after it departed, the airline said. A Malaysia Airlines spokesperson said flight MH780 was carrying 164 passengers and 12 crew members, adding that an investigation is ongoing.

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Live flight tracker FlightRadar24 said MH780 from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok was ‘squawking 7700’, indicating a general emergency. It said: “As the aircraft has descended to 10,000 feet, this may be a pressurisation related issue.”

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