Sunday, May 17, 2009

15 MAS flight crew members grounded for a week

Malaysia Airlines has located and grounded its crew members who were on the same flight from United States as the student who contracted influenza A (H1N1).

MAS director of operations Datuk Tajuden Abu Bakar said the 15 crew members on the plane were taken off the roster for a seven-day home quarantine as a precautionary measure.

The 21-year-old student flew on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH091 from Newark, New Jersey, to KLIA via Sweden.

“Malaysia Airlines confirms that Flight MH091 from Newark, arriving at KLIA on May 13 at 7.15am, was on transit at Arlanda, Stock-holm, where 80 passengers disembarked.

“From Arlanda, 199 people, including 184 passengers and 15 crew members, arrived in Kuala Lumpur,” he said.

He said the national carrier has since been in contact with Swedish authorities to provide them with the passenger list for monitoring purposes.

He said the ministry had also earlier advised passengers who disembarked from the flight in Kuala Lumpur to call the ministry at 03-8881-0200 or 03-8881-0300; or go to any hospital, clinic or health office for follow-up action.

MAS also clarified that none of its pilots were warded as reported yesterday.

Source : STAR
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