On 8th April, at 22:10 local time (14:17Z), a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737 operating flight MH2718 was involved in a runway incursion incident when the aircraft skidded off the runway at Sibu Airport causing the nose gear to collapse. The incident occurred during heavy downpour.
All 61 passengers and 6 crew were safely evacuated from the aircraft’s forward right and left doors (pictured below).
Flight MH2718 landed on Sibu’s Runway 13 in heavy rain but went off the side of the runway and came to a stop on soft ground with the nose gear collapsed. The aircraft was at a perpendicular angle to the runway centerline with the nose towards the runway edge. In the incident, the aircraft received substantial damage.
The airline released an official statement (below)
Sibu Airport also released a statement saying
The safety of all passengers was of utmost priority to Malaysia Airlines and an immediate investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the incident.Sibu Airport Manager Zainuddin Abu Nasir
The aircraft involved in the incident was 2.7 year old Boeing 737-8H6(WL) 9M-MXX (MSN 40161), powered by two CFM56-7B turbofans. She was delivered to Malaysia Airlines (MH/MAS) in August 2014 from Boeing’s production site at Renton, USA.
Flight MH2718 is a domestic scheduled passenger flight from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL/WMKK) in mainland Malaysia to Sibu Airport (SBW/WBGS) on the island of Borneo. The regular flight time is around 1 hour and 35 minutes.