Malaysia Airlines flight MH122 was forced to make an emergency landing in Alice Springs yesterday evening after experiencing technical difficulties.
Passengers heard banging noises and felt violent shaking before the captain told them one of the two engines had been turned off and the plane would be diverted to the Northern Territory.
The Airbus A330-300, which had left Sydney at 1pm on Thursday, was bound for Kuala Lumpur with 224 passengers onboard. The aircraft was over the Western Australian coast near Broome when the incident occurred.
Passenger Mohamad Nogheib, 17, told the ABC: “The engine started making a weird sound.
“I was scared for my life, I’m not going to lie.
“The pilot landed on one engine only one of them was completely broken.”
Malaysia Airlines confirmed that safety was not at any time compromised during the incident and that safety is its priority at all times.
“All affected passengers have been given hotel accommodation, meals and transportation,” the airline said in a statement.
“Passengers will be transferred from Alice Springs to Kuala Lumpur on MH148/ 19 January 2018. The flight is scheduled to depart Alice Springs at 5.45pm and is expected to arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 9.50pm the same day.”
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