When passengers boarded Air Asia flight from Australia to Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, they would not have imagined even in their wildest dreams that the next few minutes after the flight takes off will be one of the most dreadful experiences of their lives.
While describing the incident, one of the passengers said that Airbus A330 was “shaking like a washing machine” and it continued for 90 minutes in the journey. Perth airport spokesman cited “Technical issue” as the reason for the incident, however, AirAsia X has not given details about the technical issue.
As per the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Brenton Atkinson who was one of the passengers said that the plane was shaking much more than the standard turbulence. He said, “It was essentially the engine seized up I think, that’s what they told us anyway. It was literally like you were sitting on top of a washing machine. The whole thing was going.”
“We could see the engine out the window which was really shaking on the wing. Once we landed we realised one of the blades had actually come off the turbine, he added.
Everyone took a sigh of relief when the plane made a successful landing at Perth Airport. Describing the incident many passengers said as soon as they took off from Sydney they heard a very loud noise. Many posted video and images on the social media of showing the extent of damage on social media. One passenger on the social media wrote, “I still arrive!!!”, “Thank you God!!!”
In December 2014, with 162 people on board, AirAsia Flight QZ8501 crashed into the sea killing all the passengers.