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Last updated: 25 February 2021
Date:Saturday 8 April 2017
Type:Silhouette image of generic B738 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-8H6 (WL)
Operator:Malaysia Airlines
Registration: 9M-MXX
C/n / msn: 40161/5052
First flight: 2014-08-14 (2 years 8 months)
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-7B26E
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 61
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 67
Aircraft damage: Unknown
Location:Sibu Airport (SBW) (   Malaysia)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL/WMKK), Malaysia
Destination airport:Sibu Airport (SBW/WBGS), Malaysia
A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-800, operating flight 2718, suffered a landing accident at Sibu Airport, Malaysia. All occupants evacuated. Malaysia Airlines confirmed there were no injuries.
The flight departed Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia at 20:08 hours LT. Rainshowers were passing the destination of Sibu Airport as the aircraft attempted to land on runway 13.

Photos from the scene show markings in the grass to the right of runway 13, indicative of the aircraft departed in the right side of the runway after touchdown. The aircraft came to rest pointing back to the left in a nose down position with the forward fuselage at the runway edge. The forward escape slides at doors L1 and R1 were deployed to facilitate evacuation.

Runway 13/31 is a 2745 x 45 m asphalt runway. An ILS approach is available for runway 31, runway 13 has VOR/DME approach available.

Runway excursion

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METAR Weather report:
13:00 UTC / 21:00 local time:
WBGS 081300Z 22002KT 9999 -RA SCT018 BKN150 27/25 Q1009

14:00 UTC / 22:00 local time:
WBGS 081400Z 32002KT 6000 RA FEW005 SCT018 OVC150 25/24 Q1011

15:00 UTC / 23:00 local time:
WBGS 081500Z 10002KT 7000 RA FEW005 SCT018 OVC150 24/23 Q1011


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Sibu Airport as the crow flies is 1137 km (711 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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