Sunday, April 18, 2010


Kota Kinabalu airport shut for 2 hours after bomb found

KOTA KINABALU: KOTA KINABALU: The Kota Kinabalu International Airport was shut down for two hours after workers discovered a World War II bomb close to the runway.

Twenty local and international flights in and out of the country’s second busiest airport was delayed as police bomb squad removed the explosive, the size of a household cooking gas tank, and detonated in an open space outside the airport.

Malaysia Airports Berhad KKIA operations manager Hasbi Mohd said the airport was shut down at 7.20am Saturday after workers undertaking terminal upgrading works detected the bomb between the taxiway and the runway. (Oh my god!!!)

He said police were immediately informed and the airport operations resumed at 9.30am with most of the delayed flights taking off and landing within the next three hours.

''The situation is back to normal, he said, adding that there were no diversions for any of the flights due to land in Kota Kinabalu during the closure.

Following the closure, six Air Asia flights scheduled for departures and two for arrivals were delayed while Malaysia Airlines saw delays for nine departure flights and five flights due to land at the airport here during the closure time.

Kota Kinabalu City police chief Asst Comm Ahmad Sofi Zakari said a police bomb squad from the Kepayan state police headquarters managed to neutralise the bomb.

''It was taken out of the area and detonated in an open area, he added.

Unexploded World War II bombs are often found in Sabah, mainly by people doing construction works.

The bombs, which were part of the allied bombings at the tail end of the war to liberate the then North Borneo (now Sabah) from the Japanese, have been found at various sites in the city here, Sandakan and also in interior Sabah.

Very scary. The bomb had been there for ages and it just lay there undetected until today. Some more is between the taxiway and runway. Wu~~~should i say we are pretty lucky indeed......?


  1. hahaha.. yeah lo after I used that airport for so many times.

  2. Imagine a 94,000 lb A320 skided off the runway and eventually came to a stop on that particular spot.




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