AirAsia Mid-Air Flight Scare
By Faith Magbanua, October 16, 2017 22:10 PM
A plane carrying 151 passengers going to Indonesia have caused a major ruckus as the flight has been forced to turn back to Australia just minutes after it's take-off.
According to officials, the pilots have been alerted that there will be a possible loss of cabin pressure.
AirAsia's flight QZ535, bound for the Indonesian island of Bali has immediately changed course about 25 minutes after its initial take-off on Sunday.
Meanwhile, after the disastrous event, the Airbus A320, carrying a number of 151 people has landed safely at Perth Airport.
According to AirAsia, the flight experienced a "technical issue". However, the Australian media are saying that it had appeared to lose altitude.
"We were all pretty much saying goodbye to each other. It was really upsetting," one passenger told the local Nine network.
A video taken on the plane, broadcast by local media, shows the oxygen masks hanging from the ceiling and one-person shouting "passengers get down, passengers get down".
While another passenger, Claire Askew, gave a statement saying that "panic was escalated" by the airline staff who were screaming and appeared to be in tears.
In a report given by AirAsia, the airlines said that it was "fully committed" to the safety of passengers. However, it did not elaborate further on the problem.
"AirAsia apologizes to passengers for any inconvenience caused," the statement also said.
Aside from this recent scare, last June, an AirAsia X flight on its way to Bali was also forced to turn back to Perth after an engine problem left it "shaking like a washing machine" and on December 2014, an AirAsia plane crashed into the Java Sea, killing all 162 people on board after the aircraft's rudder control system malfunctioned during the flight.
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