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KLIA runway shut after plane's tyres deflate on landing

A runway at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) was closed after a Malaysia Airlines (MAS) plane's tyres deflated while landing, the airline said yesterday.

"Malaysia Airlines flight MH726 from Jakarta today had two of its tyres deflated after landing safely at KL International Airport at 7.13am," a statement said.

"Runway 2 at KLIA will be closed until further notice."

Passengers and crew safely disembarked from the aircraft and were transferred to the terminal by bus, along with their baggage.

"The airline will be investigating the cause of the incident on the Boeing 738 aircraft," said MAS.

"Due to aircraft shortage, some flights utilising this aircraft will be upgraded to be operated by the Airbus 330 aircraft and we are looking into deploying the Airbus 380 aircraft to service the Australian routes," it said.

MAS said safety is the airline's No. 1 priority and expressed regret for any inconvenience caused to passengers.

In a separate development, MAS has reached a settlement with an Australian family which lost four members on board flight MH17 when it was shot down over Ukraine in 2014. - THE STAR

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