Technical issue forces Malaysia Airlines MH1 flight to return to London’s Heathrow Airport

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KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 14): A Malaysia Airlines Bhd flight from London’s Heathrow Airport bound for Kuala Lumpur has been forced to turn back last night, due to technical difficulties.

According to the airlines' Twitter account today, Malaysia Airlines said MH1 had landed safely back in London at 11.17pm and was being inspected for rectification.

“Safety and the well-being of our customers are our top most priorities at this time,” the airline posted.

In response to one of its passengers onboard the flight, Malaysia Airlines said: “We are still waiting for details on the new departure and will provide all customers with this information as soon as possible.”

Meanwhile, UK News in Picture (UKNIP) website had reported that flight MH1 left London’s Airport at 9.58pm (London time). The captain onboard the Airbus A350 flight had declared an emergency and was dumping fuel not far from Folkestone in Kent, UKNIP added.

“Difficulties arose when the aircraft was above Maidstone Kent, where it circled in the air before continuing on towards France.

“Once it made its way past Dover, the plane continued to circle and reported a technical fault. The flight has reported landing gear issues and has requested an emergency landing back at Heathrow,” the news portal read.