AN AIRASIA flight bound for northeast Thailand has turned back to the capital Bangkok shortly after takeoff when pilots detected an "irregularity" in the storage compartment, airline officials say.

Later on Tuesday, another AirAsia jet — this time in the Philippines — skidded off the runway on arrival at a popular resort island, causing no injuries but shutting the small airport, the airline and police confirmed.

AirAsia Flight Z2272, which was flying from Manila overshot the runway in Kalibo airport as it landed in bad weather on the tourist island of Boracay on Tuesday afternoon.

Jet Damazo Santos, a journalist from Rappler Indonesia, said passengers had to leave the aircraft using its emergency slide.

"Engine was shut immediately, we were told to leave bags, deplane asap. Firetruck was waiting. Seems handled well," she posted on her Twitter account.

The incidents come as search teams spotted wreckage and bodies in the sea presumed to be from an AirAsia jet that vanished in a storm on Sunday en route from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore with 162 people aboard.

AirAsia Flight FD3254 returned to Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport soon after departing for Khon Kaen at 11.10am local time.

It was allowed to resume service after engineers ruled out any technical problems.

No passengers cancelled their flights and the plane arrived at its destination an hour behind schedule, officials said.

An AirAsia spokesman at Don Mueang Airport said the pilots turned back after "hearing some noise in the luggage compartment".

He could not confirm the reason for the noise.

Around two hours later a Thai Airways Airbus A340-600 from Bangkok to London was forced to return to the Thai capital shortly after take off, after the pilot reported a technical problem.

"The plane had a problem with the hydraulic system, as a result the pilot decided to fly back to Suvarnabhumi Airport," according to a Thai Airways statement. -


0 # Solo 2014-12-30 19:12
Now I understand why President Mugabe keeps it a secret his itinerary. It seems there are hunters in upper air. The planes have been flying like birds without incidences all along. I wonder what goes in Presdent Mugabe's mind when air problem news flood the market at a time he's to come back home. Samora Machel's life was ended by an aeroplane accident. This is sad news. I salute the pilots who reacted to unusual noise.
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0 # mindful-observer 2014-12-31 21:23
Good pilots
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