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Malaysia Airlines flight to Hyderabad turns back due to auto-pilot defect

The defect did not have any impact on the safety of the aircraft or passengers, the airline said. File Photo

The defect did not have any impact on the safety of the aircraft or passengers, the airline said. File Photo  

The defect did not have any impact on the safety of the aircraft or passengers, the airline said.

A Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight from Kuala Lumpur to Hyderabad was turned back on Saturday due to a defect with the plane's auto-pilot system, the airline said in a statement. Flight MH198 left Kuala Lumpur at 10:20 p.m. on Saturday (12.20 GMT) and returned at 2:10 a.m. on Sunday, with all passengers and crew safe.

"The defect did not have any impact on the safety of the aircraft or passengers, however as a precautionary measure, the operating captain decided to turn back," said MAS.

The loss-making airline has had a difficult year. >Flight MH370 disappeared in March and >Flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine in July. Last month, MAS said it would >slash nearly a third of its 20,000 workforce and cut back its global route network as part of a radical 6 billion ringgit ($1.9 billion) restructuring following the devastating impact of the two jetliner disasters.

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