AirAsia Plane Skids Off Malaysian Runway

Malaysia’s biggest carrier by market value, AirAsia said four passengers were treated at a hospital and released after an Airbus SAS A320 skidded off a runway in Sarawak state while landing in the rain.

The passengers on flight AK5218 were taken in as a precautionary measure after the accident at Kuching International Airport late yesterday, the company said in a statement by SMS today.

The airport is closed today as heavy rains have hampered efforts to remove the plane, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd. said on its website. The airport operator didn’t say how long the shutdown may last.

“The wheels of the aircraft are stuck in the grass due to soft soil caused by the rain,” AirAsia said. “The captain did a good job in handling the situation.”



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