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Malaysia Airlines jet turns back after landing gear fails

Flight MH192 had been heading from Kuala Lumpur to Bangalore, the airline said

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Malaysia Airlines said on Sunday that a flight heading to India made an emergency landing in Kuala Lumpur after it was forced to turn back when its right landing gear malfunctioned, as a Malaysian official met Sunday with relatives of passengers of the missing Flight MH370.

The airline said on its Facebook page that Flight 192 to Bangalore, India, carrying 166 people, landed safely at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 1:56 a.m. Monday, about four hours after it departed.

Flight MH192 had been heading from Kuala Lumpur to Bangalore, the airline said, with a problem with the right-hand landing gear of the Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

“Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the Airport Fire Rescue Services [AFRS] in anticipation of the landing,” the airline said in a statement, according to Reuters.

The announcement is the second in a series of woes for Malaysia’s flagship carrier.

Last month, Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in unexplained circumstances, and the search for its presumed wreckage is still continuing in the Indian Ocean.

Declining to elaborate

Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Hamzah Zainuddin met with the passengers’ relatives in Kuala Lumpur to talk about where to go next. Financial assistance was discussed and family members were urged to submit a plan for consideration. He declined to elaborate further, but said a fund could possibly be set up by the government or Malaysia Airlines.

The relatives, however, expressed dissatisfaction with the meeting, saying in a statement that until “at least a tiny bit of concrete evidence” that the plane crashed is found, authorities should not try to settle the case with final payoffs, according to the Associated Press.

“No meaningful report on the progress of the investigation was given” at the meeting, the relatives said, adding that “not a single one” of their questions was answered.

“We realize this is an excruciating time for the families of those on board,” said Zainuddin, who heads a committee overseeing the needs of the next of kin. “No words can describe the pain they must be going through. We understand the desperate need for information on behalf of the families and those watching around the world.”

(With the Associated Press, Reuters)