AirAsia Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Bird Strike
An AirAsia flight bound for Malaysia has been forced to make an emergency landing after passengers heard loud bangs and saw sparks flying from the engine.
Passengers on board the flight from the Gold Coast to Kuala Lumpur feared for their lives as the plane was forced to turn back and land in Brisbane at around 10:30pm.
It is believed that the incident was caused by a bird strike, in which a bird is suspected to have collided with the plane's engine.
None of the 345 passengers or 14 crew members on board at the time were injured, however some people were so panicked that they put on life jackets to prepare for a crash landing.
The plane made a safe landing in Brisbane at 11:30pm where some passengers transferred to other airlines, while others were put up in hotels to wait for another AirAsia flight.
AirAsia X CEO Benyamin Ismail has since released a statement saying, "We are following all regulatory guidelines to ensure the safety and well-being of our guests."
"We would like to commend our pilot and crew members for their professionalism and swift action to reassure passengers...and to land the aircraft safely."
This comes just a week after another AirAsia flight experienced engine malfunction just ninety minutes into a flight to Kuala Lumpur and was forced to make an emergency landing in Perth.