The Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) has ruled out any elements of sabotage on a private plane that was to fly Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed from Subang to Langkawi on Friday.
In a statement yesterday, CAAM chairman Datuk Seri Azharuddin A Rahman said the Bombardier Challenger aircraft registered under Malta tail number 9H-VFD and operated by VistaJet Limited was unable to fly due to a minor and routine technical fault, namely air leakage from the left hand nose wheel.
"Today we conducted a thorough investigation, including a verification of the aircraft documentation, physical inspection of the aircraft and interviews with the pilots and maintenance personal of Tun’s private aircraft," he said.
"A check on the aircraft documentation found that there was no recent reported defect except for air leakage from the left hand nose wheel which was logged on Apr. 27th by a maintenance personnel. The tyre pressure was low and after inflating, the pressure was still dropping at 2psi per minute," the statement said, adding that the tyre could not be replaced due to the non-availability of a spare tyre.
"Allegations of sabotage against an aircraft are extremely serious and could impact the reputation of Malaysian aviation and the country as a whole," the statement added.
CAAM was ordered yesterday to investigate Dr Mahathir’s claims that his flight was cancelled just before takeoff after the pilot detected some damage and immediate repairs could not be made. (Source: theborneopost.com, 29-Apr-2018)