Saturday, 22 July, 2017

AirAsia X flight D7207 passengers: We saw sparks coming from the engine

AirAsia flight turned back to Australia after suspected bird strike Air Asia X plane makes Emergency landing in Brisbane
Preston Stone | 05 July, 2017, 00:08

In a statement AirAsia X confirmed a bird strike was the cause, adding: "Two bird remains were found on the runway".

The pilot decided to make an emergency landing in Brisbane and followed correct procedure by going to the closest large airport, Mr Gibson said.

The embattled airline said a "suspected bird strike" to the plane's starboard engine had forced the pilot to land just over an hour into Monday's global flight.

A Kuala Lumpur-bound AirAsia X Bhd Flight D7 207 which took off from Gold Coast, Australia at 10.20pm yesterday (July 3) was diverted to Brisbane, Queensland, after a suspected bird strike hit its starboard engine shortly after take-off.

"I could see an orange light coming from the windows", he said. It also said its ground staff had been deployed to look after the passengers' welfare and to arrange another flight for their passage home.

Flight D7207 was ascending from the Gold Coast on Monday night when its engine made a popping sound about five times and burst into flames, passenger Tim Jago said.

"The plane started shuddering then there were a couple of loud bangs and a lot of light", he told the Sydney Morning Herald.

The aircraft, with 345 passengers and 14 crew, landed safely at Brisbane at 11.33pm.

Malissa Siaea was travelling with her husband to Malaysia for their honeymoon when "fire sparked out of the right-side engine" less than 20 minutes into the flight.

Asked if the incident would deter him from flying with budget airlines in the future, Mr Joga, who paid less than $600 for a one-way ticket from New Zealand to India via Australia and Malaysia, said it would not.

AirAsia X chief executive Benyamin Ismail said the pilot and crew took "swift action" to reassure passengers during the incident.

That flight, D7237 with 359 people on board, landed safely and investigations are continuing.

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