Passengers said they were told to pray for their survival by an AirAsia pilot after their plane suffered engine problems. Flight D7237 started to shake violently as it made its way from Perth to Malaysia and was forced to turn back with 359 people on board.
The plane was less than two hours into its trip when a loud bang was heard before the shaking began. Passengers spoke about the fear on board with some people crying while others pulled out their life jackets.
Plane was about two hours into its flight when the shaking began
One passenger, known only as Tim, said: ‘We thought there was a good chance we were going to go down.’
Malik Mascarenhas told Channel Seven: ‘The plane was really, really limping home. It was shuddering, shuddering, shuddering. We all thought, you know, we’re just going to go down.’
Sophie Nicolas spoke about the crew’s reaction. She said: ‘He said “I hope you all say a prayer. I will be saying a prayer too and let’s hope we all get back home safely”.’
Another passenger said that a blade had come off the turbine of one of the engines.
One man who filmed himself looked scared by what was happening