Pilot tells passengers to 'pray' after AirAsia X flight starts shaking

Audrey Hill
June 26, 2017

An AirAsia flight to Malaysia was forced back to Australia yesterday due to a technical problem, with one passenger saying the plane was "shaking like a washing machine".

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

Footage shows the aircraft shuddering as a strong smell of engine reportedly spread through the cabin before the plane turned around and headed back to Perth.

Passengers heard a loud bang and the plane then shook for the remaining two hours of the flight.

A passenger on today's flight, Brenton Atkinson, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation one of the engines was really shaking on the wing. Earlier this month, a Shanghai-bound, China Eastern Airlines plane, which also uses a Rolls-Royce Trent 700 Engine, was forced to turn back to Sydney after part of the engine's nacelle casing came off, according to CNN.

He said the pilot asked passengers to pray twice.

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A lot of people were crying and everybody burst into applause when the plane landed safely, she said.

"The safety of our guests is our utmost priority". "He delivered us home safely, which is wonderful; everybody burst into applause when we landed". No one was hurt.

Passengers were ordered to get into the brace position for landing. The pilot shook hands with all the passengers upon landing.

"I feel fine but a lot of people I've spoken with are really shaken and quite apprehensive about the flight", Stevens said.

"Our survival depends on you co-operating, and hopefully everything will turn out for the best", the pilot nervously told them.

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