Pilot tells passengers to pray after plane starts shaking violently

Katrina Barker
June 26, 2017

An AirAsia flight headed for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was forced to turn back to Perth, Australia on Sunday morning following a severe engine problem.

In a separate statement, AirAsia X confirmed that the flight landed safely at 10am (Perth time), about three hours after it departed with 359 passengers on board.

"Passengers were attended to by our ground staff upon landing and all necessary assistance are being provided", said AirAsia X.

In a statement, a spokeswoman for the airline said emergency services were called in as a precaution only, and only as normal procedure.

The Malaysian low-priced carrier said only that "flight crew are taking precautionary measures to check the aircraft".

Emergency services at the airport were told to prepare with some passengers described hearing a loud bang, before shaking of the fuselage.

The A330 flight PER-KUL landed safely at Perth International Airport a short time ago. "It was terrifying", said Nicolas.

Australia's crash and regulatory watchdog will likely ask why the pilots of the A330 did not divert to Learmonth, which was 25 minutes away, rather than fly the 90 minutes to Perth.

"The only thing I could think of was my family, because it's the first day of Eid celebration", passenger Alla Abdul Rahim told NBC News. "We could see the engine out the window which was really shaking on the wing", he added. The pilot shook hands with all of the passengers after the flight was over.

There is no information about the technical issue, but CNN reports that a slight imbalance in jet engines can cause reverberations that can be felt throughout the whole aircraft.

Passengers were ordered to get into the brace position for landing. Passengers were transferred to later flights, according to ABC Online.

Other reports by AllAboutTopnews

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