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A PAS­SEN­GER on a low-cost air­line had the scare of her life when she flew from Subang to Jo­hor Baru re­cently.

Erin, who is a fre­quent flyer, said 20 min­utes into the flight, a burn­ing smell filled the air.

“I fly at least once a month to Jo­hor Baru. In all my years of fly­ing, I have never felt so scared.

“If some­one were to ask me to choose be­tween a bus ride and a flight to Jo­hor Baru, I would have cho­sen the lat­ter, be­cause I have al­ways felt safer fly­ing. That was un­til my re­cent ex­pe­ri­ence.”

She said although the flight started out nor­mal, it was shaky even when the sky was clear.

“I drifted off to sleep and was awo­ken by a burn­ing smell. When I opened my eyes, I could see we were fly­ing above wa­ter and I tried to see if there was any­thing on fire, but couldn’t find any­thing.

“I looked around the cabin, hop­ing some­one would say some­thing, but no­body said a word,” she said.

She said when the plane turned back and landed at Sul­tan Ab­dul Aziz Shah Air­port in Subang, the pi­lot just apol­o­gised.

“I am dis­ap­pointed not be­cause of a flight can­celled and my plans dis­rupted, but at the ap­a­thy in the face of dan­ger.

“Com­mu­ni­ca­tion could and should be more trans­par­ent and swift. Surely, the safety of the pas­sen­gers must be the pri­or­ity.

“For me, I’m just happy to be on the ground again.

“But I won’t be fly­ing any­time soon,” she said.


When con­tacted, the low-cost car­rier said the in­ci­dent was due to a tech­ni­cal prob­lem.

“We had de­tected a tech­ni­cal is­sue and stan­dard pro­ce­dures were car­ried out to en­sure that air­craft re­turned to the ground.

“The pas­sen­gers’ safety was our pri­or­ity.”


The pi­lot merely apol­o­gised for the in­ci­dent on the plane, says Erin.

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