Monday, March 24, 2014

updated 4:34 GMT 03.24.14 Malaysia Airlines flight diverted By Jethro Mullen and Sarita Harilela, CNN

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (CNN) - A Malaysia Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur to Incheon, South Korea, was diverted to Hong Kong early Monday because of a problem with its electrical supply, the airline said.

The plane, an Airbus A330-300, landed in Hong Kong "uneventfully," Malaysia Airlines said, and the 271 passengers on board have been transferred onto flights with other airlines.

The reason for the diversion of Malaysia Airlines Flight 066 was "an inoperative aircraft generator, which supplies normal electrical power," the company said. Electrical power continued to be supplied by the plane's auxiliary power unit, it said.

Malaysia Airlines is in the international spotlight following the disappearance more than two weeks ago of one of its passenger jets with 239 people on board. That plane, Flight 370, was on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it vanished over Southeast Asia.

CNN's Sarita Harilela reported from Kuala Lumpur, and Jethro Mullen wrote this report from Hong Kong.

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