Passengers 'Asked to Pray' After Plane Has Engine Trouble

It shook like 'washing machine' for 90 minutes
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2017 2:31 AM CDT
Aan AirAsia plane takes off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 in Sepang, Malaysia.   (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)
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(Newser) – Passengers on an AirAsia flight out of Australia say they endured 90 minutes of terror Sunday after the plane started shaking like "a washing machine" following a loud bang—and they say the pilot asked them to pray. The Kuala Lumpur-bound flight had to return to Perth after experiencing what the airline describes only as a "technical issue" with an engine around 90 minutes after takeoff, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports. "The engine seized up I think, that's what they told us anyway," says passenger Brenton Atkinson. "It was literally like you were sitting on top of a washing machine. The whole thing was going." Another passenger posted a video of the shaking cabin on Instagram.

After a bang was heard from the plane's left wing area, the pilot said, "'I hope you all say a prayer, I'll be saying a prayer too and let's hope we all get back home safely,'" passenger Sophie Nicolas tells Perth Now. "It was terrifying." Other passengers say that after the plane landed safely with nobody injured, they were told that "a blade had sheared off the left engine," as Perth Now puts it. Passengers say there was applause after the landing and the pilot shook hands with everybody. The aircraft was an Airbus A330-300, a twin-engine aircraft capable of flying and landing with only one engine, CNN reports. (Another Airbus A330 had to return to Australia with a gaping hole in an engine.)

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