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Malaysia Airlines jet forced to make emergency landing in Hong Kong

A Malaysia Airlines plane makes an emergency landing in Hong Kong as officials continue searching for answers in the disappearance of another Malaysia Airlines jet.
A Malaysia Airlines plane makes an emergency landing in Hong Kong as officials continue searching for answers in the disappearance of another Malaysia Airlines jet.
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Another Malaysia Airlines jet makes headlines this week.

According to CNN, Flight 066, en route from Kuala Lumpur to South Korea, made an emergency landing in Hong Kong early Monday after its main electrical generator stopped working.

The Airbus A330-300 reportedly landed in Hong Kong safely around 3 a.m. All 271 passengers on board have been transferred onto flights with other airlines.

"An inoperative aircraft generator, which supplies normal electrical power," was behind the emergency landing. Electrical power continued to be supplied by the plane's auxiliary power unit, company officials said.

The aircraft that was diverted Monday departed from Kuala Lumpur at 11:37 p.m. Sunday and was scheduled to arrive at 6:50 a.m. Monday at Incheon International Airport, the main airport serving Seoul.

The scheduled return flight from Incheon to Kuala Lumpur has been canceled, Malaysia Airlines said. Passengers have been placed on other flights.

This incident comes on the heels of the tragic disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. That plane was on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing more than two weeks ago when it appeared to vanish over Southeast Asia with 239 people on board.

A French satellite is now the third to have spotted debris in the Indian Ocean more than 1,000 miles off the coast of Australia, where the search for the missing plane is now concentrated. Click here for Monday's update from Malaysia's Ministry of Transport.