Malaysian plane carrying Football team catches fire mid-air

Modified 26 Mar 2014

The left engine of the plane caught fire

Another Malaysian flight carrying footballers narrowly averted another mid-air tragedy, when one of it’s engines caught fire. The domestic flight was packed with local football players.

Reports said that a Malindo Air flight, ATR 72-600 plane had to turn back because it’s turboprop engine caught fire. The pilot was quick to react and switched off the engine which was on fire.

Members of the Terengganu football team were on board the flight, as they were returning after winning a match.

According to reports, “Terengganu midfielder Faiz Subri posted a picture of the burning engine and said the plane turned back and landed in Subang Airport” in Selangor on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

It has been reported that all the passengers of the flight which took off at 7:30 a.m in the morning were safe.

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines 370 flight has left the whole world in shock, and the heroic efforts of the pilot to avoid another aviation disaster comes as a welcome relief for all.

The members of the football team were due to return after beating ATM FA 3-0 at the Selayang Stadium on Tuesday and were travelling to Kuala Terengganu.

The Terengganu FA staff has said that the players have posted pictures of the incident on social media pages.

A statement on the Terengganu FA’s official website said that the team returned to Kuala Terengganu via a replacement flight which took off at 10 a.m.

Published 26 Mar 2014
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