MELAKA, July 6 2010 : The Melaka-Penang AirAsia flight has resumed normal operation two days after it was grounded due to a navigation system glitch at Melaka International Airport (LTAM) in Batu Berendam.
State Public Works, Transport and Public Utilities, Datuk Mohd Sofi Abdul Wahab said the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) in Putrajaya had issued its approval to use the flight procedure after ensuring the damaged operation equipment had been repaired.
He said CAAM had also taken proactive measures to manage and ensure the system is running well after conducting an investigation and examination to identify the cause of the problem.
“The AirAsia flight today resumes operation by carrying 158 passengers to Penang, two days after it was grounded after experiencing disruption in the system.
“The parties and the airline concerned had also taken temporary measures and succeeded in repairing the operation system after undergoing tests and receiving the approval of CAAM,” he told reporters after inspecting LTAM in Batu Berendam here today.
Mohd Sofi said the state government also hoped the parties responsible would find a comprehensive solution to the technical problem so that it would not recur in future.
He said, the maintenance procedures and practice must be reviewed to ensure all equipment is ready for use at any time.
“The 158 passengers today exceeded 70 per cent of the flight capacity, and it shows their confidence and the problem did not affect the service.
Yesterday, Bernama reported the Melaka-Penang AirAsia flight at LTAM at 2.50pm had to be suspended due to a technical problem with the airport’s navigation system. – Bernama