Malaysia Airlines jet bound for Tokyo turns back due to pressure problems

Pilots returned to Kuala Lumpur after they were unable to maintain correct pressure inside aircraft

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 August, 2014, 3:35pm
UPDATED : Monday, 25 August, 2014, 10:10am

A Tokyo-bound Malaysia Airlines plane was forced to turn back due to pressure problems inside the aircraft after being in the air for almost an hour.

Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, director-general of the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation, said that the plane returned to Kuala Lumpur because it was unable to maintain the correct pressure inside the aircraft.

"It was not able to maintain the right pressure differential for the comfort of the passengers. It is not a major problem," he said.

The Star Online reported that the Tokyo-bound flight was 50 minutes into its journey on Saturday when it was forced to return to Kuala Lumpur after taking off at 10.50am Malaysia time.

Passengers were transferred to another plane which departed in the afternoon, the Star reported.