Nearly 200 passengers of a Malaysian Airlines flight to Kuala Lumpur are stuck since Monday night after a “technical glitch” grounded their aircraft at the Delhi airport.
The flight MH 191 was scheduled to depart from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport for Kuala Lumpur on Monday, April 9, at 11pm. Till 9pm on Wednesday, passengers were still clueless whether the flight would take off at all.
“Initially, on Monday night, the flight was postponed by three hours but later the airline staff said it cannot take off due to a technical glitch and would operate on Tuesday at 5pm,” said Ashish Trivedi, a Kanpur resident who was flying to Kuala Lumpur for vacation.
“We were eventually packed off to three different hotels in the city,” he said.
On Tuesday, the passengers were told that the flight would take off late in the night instead of 5pm. “After some confusion over boarding passes, the flight was prepared to take off at 3am (Wednesday). After the aircraft taxied to the runway, the pilot realised that the glitch remained and brought the aircraft back to the parking stand and we disembarked at 6.15am,” he said.
“We were sent back to the hotel. The airlines has promised to operate the flight on Wednesday night or arrange for seats in another airline for at least some of the passengers," he said.
“The flight was unable to operate on schedule due to a technical fault with the flight control system of the aircraft,” said a Malaysia Airlines spokesman. The airline sent spares and technical staff from Kuala Lumpur to Delhi to correct the defect.
The problem, however, reoccurred and rain at the airport hampered work, he said.