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Civil aviation authority to probe Malaysia Airlines over erratic flight incident

THE STRAITS TIMES – The Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) will probe the flight data of a Malaysia Airlines flight involving a Boeing 737-800 plane after it allegedly dove suddenly and flew erratically before turning back on Sunday.

CAAM chief executive Chester Voo Chee Soon said the authority would be reviewing the internal flight data monitoring system of Flight MH2664 to get to the bottom of the issue.

“Preliminary data has shown correct responses by the operating crew following the issue onboard,” Voo said in a statement on Tuesday.

“CAAM will continue to monitor the situation and will not compromise on any issues that might jeopardise the safety and security of airline operations and the public,” he added.

The Straits Times has confirmed from an official source that the plane involved in Sunday’s alleged incident was a Boeing 737-800, the same model as the one involved in the China Eastern Flight MU5735 crash reported on March 21.

The Chinese passenger plane was carrying 132 passengers and crew, and was en route from the city of Kunming towards Guangzhou when it suddenly went into a steep dive and slammed into a heavily wooded mountainous area.

On Tuesday, an MH2664 flight passenger claimed that the plane flying from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau town in Sabah dove suddenly before making a turn and heading back.