So Ray forwarded me this email with pictures of an AirAsia plane that has apparently crashed after a landing.
Slide rafts deployed. An emergency evacuation has been carried out.
Front nose wheel seemed to have vanished.
Van ferrying passengers away? AirAsia umbrellas can be seen on the ground.
Looks like the fire engines did not spray any sort of foam on the aircraft.
I wonder what they were talking about.
This “crash” did in fact happen. Below is an excerpt from b737.org.uk:
7 Nov 2004 – AirAsia 737-300 over-runs runway in heavy rain
KOTA KINABALU – AirAsia in a statement said due to heavy rain and bad
weather, its aircraft bound for Kota Kinabalu from Kuala Lumpur skidded lightly
off the runway after it touched down at Terminal Two of the Kota Kinabalu
International Airport. In the 5.10pm incident yesterday, two passengers and the
two pilots suffered minor injuries.
The 111 passengers on board AirAsia’s Boeing 737-300 flight from Kuala Lumpur
had an uneventful journey till the plane landed at Kota Kinabalu. One of the
injured, a five-year-old girl, sprained her left wrist during evacuation from
the Boeing 737-300 aircraft, the Star reported.
The passengers, including six top Laotian government officials, were shaken
by the incident that occurred during a downpour.
Flight AK104 from Kuala Lumpur skidded onto the grassy patch towards the
south end of the runway, forcing passengers to be evacuated via emergency chutes
as Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) fire engines and ambulances rushed to
A DCA official said the nose-wheel of the Boeing 737 was bogged down in soft
soil and engineers were finding it difficult to extricate the aircraft because
The shutdown of the country’s second-busiest airport resulted in the
diversion, rescheduling and cancellation of dozens of flights, affecting at
least 2,000 travellers.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, scheduled to depart on his
executive jet at 9.30pm after a short visit, left at 10.45pm. He was here to
break fast with Umno members.
Although the DCA has “closed” the airport, it has allowed individual airlines
to land or take off at their own risk.
A Universiti Teknologi Mara student who identified herself only as Zilla said
the whole plane shook badly before it hit the grass. “I was afraid. I thought we
were going to die,” she said.
Raymond Danker, from Penang, who was visiting with his Sabahan wife and three
children, said it was their first trip to the state since their marriage 10
years ago. “We were so happy about it and this had to happen,” he said. He said
his daughter, Tracie, suffered a sprain to her left wrist while sliding down the
emergency chute, and his wife and two sons, aged three and seven, were shaken by
the whole episode.
Among the passengers was Laotian deputy director-general of the Cabinet
Committee for Planning, Houmpheng Souralay, one of the six senior Laotian
officials here for a study tour organised by Yayasan Sabah. “I am thankful that
nothing serious happened,” said Souralay.
According to passengers, there were moments of pandemonium on the plane as
they pushed and shoved each other towards the emergency exits during the
The passengers were then ferried to the VIP terminal and given medical
examinations before they were taken to Terminal Two and allowed to collect their
luggage at about 7pm.
I went to Malaysia Uncut who featured a post on this “crash”. In the comments, some people were claiming that the photos were doctored and there were no such AirAsia plane with that livery. But that aircraft did in fact exist:
Left side. Photo courtesy: airliners.net
Right side. Photo courtesy: airliners.net
This is quite an old incident by the way. Compare this with the photos of the “crash” above and you’ll see that they are the same. It was registered as 9M-AAP when the “crash” took place. The plane wasn’t damaged so badly so it was probably sent for a repair and it is still flying to this day. Currently, it is with Thai AirAsia, carrying the registration HS-AAP.
The forwarded mail also came with this:
AIR ASIA BOASTS OF GOOD SAFETY RECORD…….CHEAP FARES……ECONOMY TRAVEL…….WHEN U SEE THIS,
U WILL THINK AGAIN ABT FLYING AIR ASIA…..THE BN CRONY’S AIRLINE…..WITH SUCH CHEAP AIR FARES, ONE
WOULD WONDER HOW THEY MAINTAIN THEIR AIRCRAFT, BETTER STILL, DO THEY MAINTAIN THEIR AIRCRAFT ?
INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, THIS INCIDENT WAS NEVER REPORTED IN THE NEWS MEDIA…..WOULD BE EXPECTED
IF THIS INVOLVED THE GOVT……BUT FOR AN AIRLINE THAT SERVES THE PUBLIC…..I WONDER WHY ????
I WOULD RATHER SPEND THE EXTRA AND FLY WITH MALAYSIA AIRLINES OR ANY OTHER NORMAL CARRIER.
PASS THIS ON AND LET THE MALAYSIAN PUBLIC KNOW HOW WELL-MAINTAINED AND GOOD AIR ASIA IS, ESP WITH
KEEPING NEWS LIKE THIS AWAY FROM THE PUBLIC…..
As I’ve mentioned many many many times, the safety of an aircraft is never ever overlooked. AirAsia can cheap on the food, cheap on the in-flight entertainment, cheap on the leg space, cheap on the airport, cheap on their service, and be no-frills. But when it comes to maintaining the safety of its fleet, I’m sure it is as serious as any other airline. You can’t send any plane to Ah Beng’s workshop and get it fixed. There are tons and tons of regulations and certifications in maintaining a plane. I’ve mentioned this in another post. They’ll ground your plane if they suspect anything amiss.
So now that you know what actually happened (plane skidded after landing due to heavy rains), there should be no reason to be afraid of flying with AirAsia (or any other airline for that matter).
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