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AirAsia X A330 diverted after suspected birdstrike

AirAsia X A330 diverted after suspected birdstrike

AirAsia X A330 diverted after suspected birdstrike

The incident is the second in just one week for AirAsia, after an aircraft in Perth was also forced to make an emergency landing after suffering engine problems.

JEDDAH: A jet liner carrying 359 people was forced to make an emergency landing after a suspected bird strike left passengers shaken.

The budget airline said the remains of two birds were found on the Gold Coast Airport runway, where it took off. "Passengers on board the flight were attended to the ground staff upon landing, and were provided with all necessary assistance, including hotel accommodation in Brisbane", AirAsia X added.

Passengers said the plane shook and bangs came from the right engine of AirAsia X flight D7 207 following its departure from Australia's Gold Coast to Kuala Lumpur late Monday.

After hearing "four or five bangs" coming from the engine, he saw "an orange light coming from the windows".

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.

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Controversially, passengers on that flight recalled being told to "Say a prayer" as they attempted to return safely.

CASA will review the incident and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating.

All 345 passengers and 14 crew were uninjured.

CEO Benyamin Ismail said all passengers would be flown to Kuala Lumpur as soon as reasonably possible.

"We are following all regulatory guidelines to ensure the safety and well-being of our guests, who are now being attended to by our ground staff", AirAsia X chief Benyamin Ismail added.

Just last week AirAsia X launched an investigation into what caused the mid-air safety scare on flight D7237 on June 25, when passengers reported engine failure.

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