AirAsia flight turns back to Perth with 'technical issue'

Posted June 26, 2017

An Air Asia flight heading from Perth, Australia to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was forced to return to Australia after suffering a technical failure that caused the plane to shake violently.

"Guests on board the flight will be transferred to the next available flight or the recovery flight which is scheduled to depart Perth at 20:30 hours (Perth time) tonight", said the airline in a Sunday statement.

"Other guests will be informed of the progress of the flight".

The flight landed back in Perth two hours later, shaking the entire time, passengers said.

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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.

According to a spokesman for Perth Airport, the pilot of the AirAsia plane had identified a technical issue with the engine, but gave no further details of the issue. They remained in a bracing position while the plane landed, which was reportedly smooth. The pilot shook hands with all the passengers upon landing. Some passengers recorded video from inside the plane showing the terrifying shaking.

Passenger Brenton Atkinson informed ABC News, "It was literally like you were sitting on top of a washing machine". Many even described it as shaking like a washing machine. The whole thing was going.

The airline said the plane, carrying 359 passengers, landed without incident.

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"You could tell by the cabin crew's reaction that it was really bad".

The flight crew advised passengers to "say a prayer", passenger Sophie Nicolas told the outlet.

Social media comments from passengers reveal they heard a "bang", and the A330 began to "shudder".

"A flight turn back is the best option to ensure the passengers safety and no accident happen".

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