Pilot Urges Prayers as 'Technical Issue' Forces Turnaround on Malaysia-Bound Flight

Tin: during the flight the pilot of the plane forced the passengers to pray

A Kuala Lumpur-bound AirAsia X flight had to double back to its Australian origin Sunday after an apparent engine malfunction passengers called "terrifying" but airline officials later branded a "technical issue".

"Other guests will be informed of the progress of the flight". However, the plane landed safely at Perth Airport, where the rather shaken and relieved passengers then disembarked. It was supposed to be a almost six-hour flight, but 90 minutes into the trip, the pilot was forced to turn back around.

In 2015 an AirAsia plane, which had made 78 trips between Perth and Bali, crashed during a flight from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore.

There is no information about the technical issue, but CNN reports that a slight imbalance in jet engines can cause reverberations that can be felt throughout the whole aircraft. They remained in a bracing position while the plane landed, which was reportedly smooth.

After ground crews checked the aircraft, passengers said they were told it appeared a blade had sheared off the left engine.

Footage taken by Stevens, the man in glasses in the video above, and his friend shows seats and passengers shaking rapidly and a rattling sound.

"It was literally like you were sitting on top of a washing machine".

"You could tell by the cabin crew's reaction that it was really bad", she told PerthNow.

The airline said the plane, carrying 359 passengers, landed without incident.

The pilot asked the passengers to pray twice, according to Stevens. The whole thing was going.

Passengers also said they first heard a loud bang before the plane started shaking violently.

Dave Parry told ABC that passengers were told to brace for impact on landing.

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