The 359 passengers in the Air Asia Flight 7237 had their hearts in their mouths when the flight began to shake violently. It would have been their worst 90 minutes of their life, the aircraft was then turned back due to technical malfunction.
The Kuala Lumpur bound flight took off from Perth, Australia at around 6.40 pm. The passengers heard a loud bang and then the flight started to shake intensely. One passenger claimed seeing a blade ‘coming off the turbine’ of one of the engines. The pilots decided to turn the aircraft as they flew over Carnarvon in the Indian Ocean.
“The plane was really, really limping home, it was shuddering, shuddering, shuddering. We all thought, you know, we’re just going to go down,” said Malik Mascarenhas.
The captain announced the situation and asked passengers to pray for the safe landing.
“Please pay attention, and please listen to everything. Our survival depends on your cooperating,” the pilot can be heard saying on videos posted on social media.
The flight misbehaved for the entire one-and-a-half hour as the passengers described the experience as ‘terrifying’ and ‘scary’.
“I was crying a lot, a lot of people were crying, trying to call their mums and stuff but we couldn’t really do anything just wait and trust the captain,” Sophie Nicolas told
She appreciated the professionalism of the crew and the pilots for bringing them home safely.
“He delivered us home safely which is amazing, everybody burst into applause when we landed,” the passenger said.
The plane landed in Perth at around 10 am and passengers were given $20 voucher plus two-nights accommodation, but they were clueless about their boarding.
In a statement, Air Asia said all passengers werer attended to by ground staff.
“Flight crew are taking precautionary measures to check the aircraft and some guests on board the flight will be transferred to the next available flight today,” the statement read.
“Other guests will be informed of the progress of the flight. The safety of our guests are our utmost priority,” it added.