A fire broke out at the Malaysia Airlines avionics workshop in Subang at 4.00pm on Wednesday, 26 March.
The incident was reported on Wee Choo Keong’s blog.
Now, what is the cause of the fire?
What is avionics (aviation electronics). These are electronic systems used on aircraft. According to Wikipedia, they include “communications, navigation, the display and management of multiple systems, and the hundreds of systems that are fitted to aircraft to perform individual functions. These can be as simple as a searchlight for a police helicopter or as complicated as the tactical system for an airborne early warning platform.”
According to Asian Aviation, Malaysia Airlines Aerospace Engineering’s avionics workshop has capabilities covering components overhaul and testing for 777, A330 and 737 models alongside the single-aisle A320 family.
Three days earlier, a Malaysia Airlines MH066 A330-300 aircraft Kuala Lumpur to Incheon, South Korea, was diverted to Hong Kong due to a generator failure, which forced it to resort to an auxilliary power unit. (How many generators and power units does an A330-300 have? Were they all inspected and working before take-off?)
Was this avionics workshop also responsible for the maintenance of the electronic systems for the missing MH370?