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Published on : Monday, June 26, 2017
The pilot said the decision to return to Perth 90 minutes after takeoff was made because of “technical issues” with the passenger plane.
“I could tell by the cabin crew’s reaction that it was really bad,” passenger Sophie Nicolas said.
The plane landed safely at 10:00 local time (02:00 GMT) on Sunday.
“I was crying a lot, a lot of people were crying, trying to call their mums and stuff but we couldn’t really do anything just wait and trust the captain,” Ms Nicolas said, adding: “Everybody burst into applause when we landed.”
Police said marine emergency services north of Perth were put on standby to prepare for a possible water landing, news networks reported.
A number of passengers on board the budget flight said the plane had suffered an “engine seizure” causing it to shake.
In a statement, it said the safety of passengers was “our utmost priority”.
However, AirAsia X did not give details about the technical issue behind the incident.
In December 2014, an AirAsia plane crashed into the Java Sea, killing all 162 people on board after the aircraft’s rudder control system malfunctioned during the flight.