Pilot Asks Passengers to Pray During Flight After Mechanical Issue Arises


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During an An AirAsia flight onboard an Airbus A330, passengers braced, as the pilot asked everyone onboard to pray after discovery that the aircraft had a major mechanical issue during the flight. Passengers reported that they heard a loud explosion in the left engine, causing the plane to divert back to Perth, 2 hours away.

Per CNN,

An AirAsia X flight to Malaysia from Perth, Australia, was forced to turn back Sunday after the twin-aisle Airbus A330-300 aircraft began shaking due to what the airline called a “technical issue.”

“We were asleep and heard a loud bang around the 1-hour-and-15-minute mark,” passenger Damien Stevens told CNN. “It shook for the whole ride back, close on two hours.”

Stevens said the pilot asked passengers to pray twice. And passengers were told to hold “the brace position” for about two minutes during the landing, he said, which was smooth.
Despite the major mechanical issue onboard, the plane landed safely back in Perth. A new aircraft was sent to take planes from Perth to Kuala Lumpur.

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