If you’re afraid of flying, you might want to skip this one. Because a group of passengers just had a very scary experience before landing in Perth.
It happened on an Air Asia X flight bound for Kuala Lumpur. Shortly after takeoff, passengers reported hearings something like a small explosion somewhere around the plane’s left wing.
And that’s when the shaking started:
Pending the release of an official explanation, there’s not real point in speculating as to exactly what happened here, but from the video it’s clear that after the loud bang, the entire plane started shaking.
And this isn’t just regular turbulence-type shaking. Anyone who flies will no how scary this would have been, to have the airplane shaking uncontrollably in a way that is way outside the ordinary bumps and roughness associated with air travel.
Passengers generally praised the reaction of the pilot and the flight crew in interviews. However, in those same interviews, some passengers mentioned that the pilot asked the passengers to pray.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I’d find that very reassuring. If the pilot’s voice comes over the speakers with an announcement in a situation like that, you want him to tell you that everything is fine and remain calm please. You really don’t want him to say “please pray for us.”
In the end, the plane made it safely to Perth and nobody was injured. But unfortunately, before reaching safety, those aboard the plane had to endure the shaking for two full hours.
Early reports say the whole thing was the result of an engine failure. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating the incident.