Malfunction forces AirAsia X to abort flight, turn back: CEO

The pilots of an AirAsia X flight from Kuala Lumpur to Jeddah on Sunday aborted the flight and circled for hours to burn off fuel before landing safely in Malaysia, the AirAsia Group`s boss said.

AFP| Updated: Feb 08, 2015, 15:48 PM IST

Kuala Lumpur: The pilots of an AirAsia X flight from Kuala Lumpur to Jeddah on Sunday aborted the flight and circled for hours to burn off fuel before landing safely in Malaysia, the AirAsia Group`s boss said.

"One auto-thrust not functioning properly. Actually okay to fly but we just returning it to base," Tony Fernandes told AFP in a text message, calling it a "minor issue."

He confirmed the plane landed safely at Kuala Lumpur`s international airport late Sunday afternoon.