Mihin Air flight bound for Malaysia made an emergency landing at Katunayake after a fire erupted in the cargo compartment. There are no details of damages yet the Government Information Department said.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror a spokesman from Mihin Lanka said that the flight that was landed was a flight bound for Jakartha, Indonesia. He denied that there was any fire and said the emergency landing was a due to a smoke alarm that was raised.
Meanwhile, our correspondent said that the flight which left to Jakartha at 7.30 am was landed at 9.21 am upon detection of the smoke. The 202 passengers on board the MJ 603 aircraft have all been evacuated safely.
MIHIN LANKA Press Release
Mihin Lanka Flight MJ603 bound for Jakarta today (9th April) returned to Katunayake, as a precautionary measure, following a smoke alert in the cockpit. Preliminary investigations reveal no indication of smoke in the cargo area, and that it was a false alarm.
All passengers disembarked safely at BIA.
The Aircraft is now being prepared to operate the rest of the scheduled services on time.
For any clarification please contact Capt. Pujitha Jayakody , Head of Flight Operations 077 3828946 or Mr. Rohana Perera , Head of Commercial 0773823953.
Expected one. so not a big deal! CTB buses are in better condition.
AMG Monday, 09 April 2012 05:34 AM
More losses expected !
citizen1 Monday, 09 April 2012 05:54 AM
Pumping money into Mihin Air is like taking a dead horse trying to ride it. No matter how hard you try, the damn horse is dead!
Bigfoot Monday, 09 April 2012 05:42 AM
Agree. The same goes for the Sri Lanka economy.
buffaloa citizen Monday, 09 April 2012 06:03 AM
But then this where money can be pirated...saying the horse needs more medicine.
RPT Monday, 09 April 2012 06:10 AM
Emmergency situation do arise in any airline, dispite of the owning party/goverment. I appreciate the brave pilots & crew who managed to save all those people alive back to ground. BIG solute to them.
Jayasiri Monday, 09 April 2012 06:07 AM
Change the name to backfire lanka!
Prasannajit Monday, 09 April 2012 06:37 AM
RPT you wont be able to salute if there had been a disaster. You should know politics going on behind Mihin and Srilankan. Their maintenance etc. This is tax payers money they are playing with.
Mad Cow 681 Monday, 09 April 2012 06:10 AM
I agree. Far too much cynicism around here.
lalith Monday, 09 April 2012 06:21 AM
always breakdown appe ratta thama
Just Another Citizen Monday, 09 April 2012 06:35 AM
Lets all be thankful that it didn't turn out to be worse than what happened.
KUMUDU Monday, 09 April 2012 06:40 AM
This is a wake up call for officials to pump more money to Mihin air to save the lives of passengers
mohan Monday, 09 April 2012 07:01 AM
fishy why couldn't they landed in nearest airport instate of returning Colombo. based on travel time they could have safely landed in india than 1h return trip
Wara Monday, 09 April 2012 07:15 AM
Ranil is to be blamed.
Lanka Monday, 09 April 2012 07:24 AM
Mihin Air has been running at a loss from the very beginning and still they continue do so regardless. Could we afford as a poor country when we are depending so much on foreign aids. Why can't the administration see it when it is right front of their noses.
NAREN Monday, 09 April 2012 07:20 AM
Thier is provision for this in "MAHINDA CHINTANA"
Junta Monday, 09 April 2012 03:34 PM
Permanent landing would be more beneficial to the country!
Junta Monday, 09 April 2012 04:03 PM
Permanent landing would be more beneficial to the country!
Calistus Jayatilleke Monday, 09 April 2012 07:29 AM
Change the name to "Himin Air"
xxxxx Monday, 09 April 2012 08:14 AM
Mihin Air service is really poor last week my family had a bad experience when the flew to U.A E . my family didn't have an option to fly on other air line due to seat were full and had to choose Mihin Air. On their return the had many issue. the 1st excuse 1. Flight Delay 2. Technical fault and was given a hotel with poor service giving one water bottle to share with 3 members
3.they bring the passenger to the airport in the morning and take them back again to the hotel late in the evening saying technical faults ( this to cover their food expenses of the passengers.)
Last thing what they did ways boarded all the passengers on the flight took them a ride around the runner away and announced saying there is a tire puncher on one of the tires and kept the back again on the remaining inside the fights for hours .What do you call the air line.
menusha255 Monday, 09 April 2012 08:17 AM
TAXS will increase
RIP Monday, 09 April 2012 08:18 AM
RTP, Will you fly with Mihin Air??
Alex Monday, 09 April 2012 08:44 AM
As same as Norochcholai
Sameer Monday, 09 April 2012 08:44 AM
people are not recommend to go in this Air...no sure about the life. When it is flying on the air...some unwanted noisy and virbration makinig passanger prayers all the times. So its not the ideal flight to fly...I have good experience since i have flown many times to Dubai and kuwait
SriLankan Monday, 09 April 2012 08:45 AM
I fly for Srilankan Airlines. There is nothing wrong with their maintenance, if not I will stop flying. The problem is the money. Most Airlines in the world, may be all, are losing money due to World economic downturn. Singapore is sending their Pilots on no pay leave for one year. Kingfisher is bankrupt etc., etc.. I will be surprised if you can find one Airline making profits right now.
SriLankan Monday, 09 April 2012 08:57 AM
You don't fly close to India on the way to Jakarta. It is much better to come back to cmb if youcan, cos landing anywhere else adds up to the cost, viz; ldg charges, refuelling etc. It is the Captains decision.
EM Wednesday, 11 April 2012 06:00 AM
This isn't the first time Mihin landed in emergency, from the beging even it started in emergency??????
Dee Monday, 09 April 2012 09:27 AM
this is a foreign conspiracy, probably US. we should stop flying US made aircraft.
hasthi Tuesday, 10 April 2012 06:00 AM
I think I understand the vibrations. When you prayed God may have responded.
hasthi Monday, 09 April 2012 10:48 AM
My sympathise for the suffering.
Book flights early and don't fly budget if your budget is bigger than a budget airline.
FireStraight Monday, 09 April 2012 11:08 AM
Thank you for this,. Colombians, what do you say about this ?
Monkey Brothers corp Monday, 09 April 2012 11:41 AM
daaaaah....Air Arabia - Ryan Air - Jet blue - Fly Dubai, to name a few -all budget airlines - All have reported profits this year !!
achtung Monday, 09 April 2012 11:42 AM
um... airbus is made in france...
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