THE aerotrain that links the Kuala Lumpur Airport main terminal building with the satellite building broke down yesterday evening, prompting passengers to walk on the tracks, the New Straits Times reported.
Video of the incident that occurred at 5.30pm has gone viral, and shows about 20 passengers walking back to the main KLIA terminal.
The report quoted Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd managing director Badlisham Ghazali as saying that the two aerotrains were due for an overhaul at the end of the year after operating for almost two decades.
“We are also half way through heavy maintenance work on the two trains.”
Badlisham said an engineer was at the site within minutes of being alerted.
“However, passengers had already prised open the aerotrain doors and started walking on the tracks even before the engineer arrived.
“Five passengers however remained on the train as seen in the video.
“As per standard operating procedure there should have been an announcement, but the passengers were too impatient so they started to walk,” he said, adding that the engineer later manually drove the train to the building.
Badlisham said engineers would be stationed on the trains to ensure there were no more such incidents.
The NST reported that breakdown was the second in three months, and passengers then did the same thing by walking on the tracks before engineers could rectify the problem.
Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi urged MAHB to resolve the issue but said the train could be used for another five years.
“Sometimes, mechanical issues occur that have nothing to do with wear and tear.”
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