BENTONG – The Ministry of Transport (MOT) has ordered the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) to conduct a thorough study of the pothole on the runway of Sultan Azlan Shah Airport (LTSAS), Ipoh, Perak.
Its minister, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said a thorough study should be carried out even if repair works have been carried out and the airport had resumed operations yesterday after being closed for about 24 hours.
“The issue involves the safety of passengers. Although the pothole has been repaired, it is a short term solution. For the long term, we must carry out surveys to make sure the runway is completely safe.
“If there is a pothole that means there is a hole in the ground and when it rains, the water flows under the ground and can cause serious erosion. This cannot be be taken lightly,” he told reporters after opening the Empower East Coast Economic Region (ECER) Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Centre, here today.
Liow also assured that the inspection conducted found that the runway was still safe as no instructions were issued to stop operations at the airport.
Yesterday, MAHB in a statement had informed the temporary closure of LTSAS from 6.40pm on Thursday, after a routine inspection by the technical team foun a pothole.
Perak Health, Public Transport, Non-Muslim Affairs and National Integration Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said the inspection found a pothole measuring 12-cm by one-metre on the runway.
In another development, Liow said the Air Accident Investigation Bureau had completed the report on the investigation into the Malaysia Airlines flight MH2718 which skidded upon landing during heavy downpour at the Sibu airport on April 8.
All the 61 passengers and six crew escaped unhurt.
“I will brief the Cabinet about the report and after that the report will be uploaded on the ministry’s website. This is the usual procedure,” he said.