Two Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flights bound for Sibu were aborted this morning as the Boeing 737 aircraft could not land due to heavy rains which caused floods in several areas in the state.

In confirming this, a spokesman from the MAS airport operation here said all the 100 passengers from the two affected flights, which later landed at the Kuching International Airport, would be flown back to Sibu on this evening’s flight, scheduled at 9 pm.

The first flight from Kuching to Sibu, which departed at about 10.30 am, was about 30 minutes in the air when it returned, he said when contacted by Bernama here.

He said the other Kuala Lumpur-Sibu flight, which was scheduled to arrive in Sibu at about 11 am, was diverted to Bintulu for a few hours and later flew to Kuching with its passengers.

Due to the bad weather, eight MAS flights were delayed and had to be re-timed.