A FLIGHT by Malaysian carrier Firefly Airlines departing Penang this morning was forced to make a U-turn after the aircraft's landing gear was unable to retract mid-air.
FY1002, a codeshare flight with Malaysia Airlines’ MH9948, was bound for Kota Bharu and took off from Penang International Airport at 06.55.
The aircraft landed safely in Penang at 07.30.
A media release issued by Firefly past noon today stated: “As safety is of utmost priority to Firefly Airlines, the aircraft was required to turn back to Penang. This was a normal landing, therefore Airport Fire Rescue Services was not required to be deployed.
“All 64 passengers and four crew members on board have disembarked from the aircraft.”
The flight was retimed and left Penang at 08.50 today and arrived in Kota Bharu at 09.50.