AirAsia jet turns back to Malaysia due to technical problem

AirAsia X says a flight heading from Malaysia to Saudi Arabia turned back shortly after takeoff due to a technical problem, circling for hours to burn fuel before landing safely in Kuala Lumpur. AirAsia X Group Chief Executive Kamarudin Meranun says the auto-thrust of one of the plane’s engines malfunctioned about 45 minutes after take-off Sunday. He said the pilots switched to manual thrust and could have continued the flight, but decided to turn back since it was early in the nearly 10-hour trip to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He said there was no emergency and that it was a precautionary measure.

via ynetnews.com

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