Cause of Maswings Twin Otter skidding at Marudi airport still under probe

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Cause of Maswings Twin Otter skidding at Marudi airport still under probe

Cause of Maswings Twin Otter skidding at Marudi airport still under probe

Saturday, November 10, 2012
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Maswings has four Twin Otter aircraft in its fleet and operates an average of around 250 flights weekly in Sabah and Sarawak using this 17-seater aircraft type.

MIRI -- The exact cause that led to the Maswings Twin-Otter (DHC6) skidding upon landing at Marudi Airport on Wednesday has yet to be known.


Malaysia Airlines Operations Director, Capt Izham Ismail said at the moment Maswings, a MAS subsidiary, was still awaiting the outcome of investigation conducted by the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) but ruled out suggestion by certain parties to replace the ageing aircraft.


"The age of aircraft and aircraft incidents/accidents are not the deciding factors for fleet replacement,” he told Bernama here today.


Izham said Maswings would implement the recommendations for enhanced safe flight operations, if any, stated in the investigation findings.
 

"Maswings will continue to give top priority to ensure safe flight operations of all aircraft in its fleet for the safety, security and comfort of its staff and customers,” he added.

Maswings has four Twin Otter aircraft in its fleet and operates an average of around 250 flights weekly in Sabah and Sarawak using this 17-seater aircraft  type.


Bernama recently reported that Barisan Nasional (BN) Telang Usang assemblyman Dennis Ngau had urged MASwings to replace the ageing aircraft with new ones.


He said this when commenting on the Wednesday incident whereby, a MASwings Twin Otter aircraft veered off the runway upon landing at the Marudi airport. In the 2.33pm mishap, all 17 passengers and two operating crew disembarked safely.


Ba'Kelalan assemblyman Baru Bian, who is also Sarawak PKR chairman, urged Maswings to look into the safety aspects of the aircraft.
 

Air travel is the most preferred mode of transport in northern Sarawak covering Miri and Limbang due to geographical factors, with mostly highland and no tar-sealed road, in those areas. BERNAMA