Flight of AirAsia X diverts to Brisbane after suspected bird strike
Air Asia X flight which was bound for Kuala Lumpur has been forced to turn back to Australia after the passengers were left shaken due to a suspected bird strike.
On Monday, 3rd July 2017, the jet, which was carrying 359 people, had run into trouble after taking off from the Gold Coast at 22:20 (12:20 GMT).
Loud noises were heard and sparks seen coming from an engine before the flight landed safely in Brisbane an hour later.
The airline has said that “Two bird remains were found on the runway.“
Tim Joga a passenger on the flight said that he heard “four or five bangs” before seeing an “orange light” outside.
While talking to a newspaper he said that “The plane started shuddering then there were a couple of loud bangs and a lot of light.“
Another passenger of the plane, Eric Lim, had said that the incident had happened immediately after take-off.
On the other hand chief executive of AirAsia X Benyamin Ismail had said that the pilot and crew had taken “swift action” to reassure passengers during the incident.
Mr Ismail further added that “AirAsia X will arrange for a special flight to transport all guests on Flight D7 207 to Kuala Lumpur as soon as possible.“
Last week, an AirAsia X flight had been forced to turn back to Perth after an engine problem had left it “shaking like a washing machine.“
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