An AirAsia X flight from Perth to Kuala Lumpur experienced a blade fracture, with one engine ingesting the broken pieces and causing severe damage and vibrations according to The Aviation Herald. That engine was shut down while the plane drifted 2 hours back to Perth, making a safe and successful landing. Passengers were startled by the vibrations and shakes.
Passengers reported a large bang was heard followed by severe vibrations and sounds like a spinning washing machine. They were instructed to brace for landing.
ABC News reported on the passenger reactions:
“I could tell by the cabin crew’s reaction that it was really bad,” passenger Sophie Nicolas told ABC News. 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 told ABC, adding: “Everybody burst into applause when we landed.”
One passenger captured video of the event:
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