Power problems divert flight

Last updated 18:37 24/03/2014

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A Malaysia Airlines flight has been forced to make an unscheduled landing due to an inoperative aircraft generator, the airline says. 

Flight MH066 from Kuala Lumpur to Seoul's Incheon airport was diverted to Hong Kong to rectify the technical problem with the generator, which supplies electrical power to the aircraft, Malaysia Airlines said in a statement. 

The plane did not lose power, as an auxiliary generator took over.

Flight MH066 left Kuala Lumpur at 11.37pm yesterday and was scheduled to arrive at Incheon at 6.50am today.

Instead, it was diverted to Hong Kong, where it had an "uneventful" landing about 3am, the airline said. 

All 271 passengers were transferred to other carriers, and the return flight to Kuala Lumpur was cancelled, the airline said. 

Passengers were transferred on to other flights for the return leg. 

Another Malaysia Airlines plane, flight MH114 from Kuala Lumpur, was struck by flying ducks while landing in Nepal on Friday night. 

The plane sustained minor damage, and no injuries were reported. 

Malaysia Airlines has been under intense scrutiny since March 8, when flight MH370 went missing en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, triggering an ongoing international search and rescue operation.

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