A pilot has turned around an AirAsia flight with 359 people on board on its way to Malaysia due to a technical problem with the plane, reported to be engine failure.
Flight D7237 departed shortly before 7am on Sunday morning from Perth Airport, heading to Kuala Lumpur, and landed at 10am back in Perth.
Passenger Brenton Atkinson told ABC News the plane had been shaking ‘pretty bad’ when the plane decided to turn back ‘about an hour and a half’ into the journey.
‘It was essentially the engine seized up I think, that’s what they told us anyway,’ the 24-year-old said.
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Pictured: AirAsia flight D7237 took off from Perth but turned around about an hour and a half later, reportedly due to a single engine failure
Perth teachers Damos Stevens and Mitch Jamieson filmed themselves sitting on the aeroplane as it shook through the air
He reported there had been a small explosion before the plane made the choice to return to Perth.
‘The whole thing, the plane started vibrating and shaking pretty bad, and we had to turn around and come back,’ he said.
‘It was literally like you were sitting on top of a washing machine.’
When the plane landed and passengers disembarked, Mr Atkinson says he realised ‘one of the blades had actually come off the turbine’.
Perth teachers Damos Stevens and Mitch Jamieson filmed themselves sitting on the aeroplane as it shook through the air.
Mr Stevens is heard on the video, which shows the harsh vibrations of the plane, saying: ‘We’ll be having 60million beers when we get back’.
Passengers were left stranded at Perth Airport, with AirAsia unable to provide any information about a recovery flight until 3.30 that afternoon
He told Daily Mail Australia the pilot had told passengers to ‘say a prayer for us’, as the plane returned to Perth.
‘No one was hysterical but people were really scared. Some people needed medical attention when we landed,’ he said.
While the teacher says communication on the plane was fantastic, he was less enthused about the airline’s ability to communicate with passengers when they disembarked the plane.
‘[There has been] no support for passengers, there is still a long line of people here, no word on replacement flights,’ he said.
Mitch (left) and Damos (right) told Daily Mail Australia they were ‘hopefully’ going on a trip to Myanmar
Video shows the plane uncontrollably shaking as it begins its return to Perth
At 3.30pm, hours after the plane landed, a recovery flight was confirmed for 8.30pm.
Passenger Saya Mae shared a video of the shaky footage to Instagram and captioned it: ‘I thought I might die’.
A spokesman for Perth Airport told Daily Mail Australia the pilot had reported some technical issues and decided to return to Perth.
‘We had emergency services on site as a precaution, and the plane landed safely around 10am this morning,’ he said.
‘The passengers have disembarked.’
The plane is understood to have suffered a single engine failure, which was discovered more than an hour into the journey, The Age reported.
It has been reported the plane suffered from engine failure, and passengers reported an explosion
Flight Radar shows the plane had reached Carnarvon when it decided to return to Perth Airport.
A statement from AirAsia said passengers were being attended to by ground staff and ‘all necessary assistance’ was being provided.
‘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 said.
‘Other guests will be informed of the progress of the flight.
‘The safety of our guests are our utmost priority.’
Passenger Brenton Atkinson said he saw the turbine of the plane was missing a turbine when he disembarked
This graphic shows the flight path of the AirAsia plane on Sunday morning
AirAsia are yet to comment on the morning’s debacle, which has seen passengers disembark from the plane with no knowledge yet as to how they are getting to their destination