AirAsia flight forced to turn around after terrifying mid-air emergency

Pauline Gross
October 16, 2017

AirAsia apologised for the incident in a statement and said the flight landed safely at Perth International Airport at 12.40pm local time. "It was really upsetting", she said.

Another passenger, Claire Askew, told the Seven network that "panic was escalated" by airline staff who were screaming and appeared to be in tears.

"Now, I get it, but we looked to them for reassurance and we didn't get any".

Videos taken by shocked passengers of the moment the plane began to plummet show oxygen masks falling from the ceiling crew members yelling at passengers to 'get down, get down!'

An AirAsia flight from Western Australian city of Perth to Bali was forced to make an emergency landing on Sunday evening after the it lost cabin pressure just 25 minutes into the flight.

Passengers said they didn't know what was happening because most of the plane's onboard announcements weren't in English.

Passengers told Channel Nine they had sent text messages to loved ones fearing they were going to die.

"We were all pretty much saying goodbye to each other".

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"There was no real panic before that, then everyone panicked", Bailey added.

The Perth woman said cabin crew were panicking, but left passengers in the dark.

AN AirAsia flight has been forced to turn around after a terrifying mid-air emergency.

"Nobody told us what was going on".

"My son said he didn't want to get on another flight but I've assured him it can't happen twice in a row", she said. It's really put me off flying.

"AirAsia apologises to passengers for any inconvenience caused", the statement said.

AirAsia Indonesia say engineers are examining the aircraft now, trying to work out what went wrong.

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