A Malaysia Airlines flight was forced to divert to central Australia after a technical issue left the aircraft “shuddering”, passengers say.
Flight MH122 was travelling from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur on Thursday when it turned back not far from Broome, in Australia’s north-west.
The plane, carrying 224 people, landed safely at Alice Springs Airport at 17:48 local time (06:48 GMT).
Passengers said the plane had been shaking and making loud noises.
In a statement, Malaysia Airlines said the plane was diverted after it experienced a “technical fault on one of the aircraft’s engines”.
“Safety was not at any time compromised,” it said.
Passenger Sanjeev Pandev said the plane, which was an Airbus A330-300, appeared to have a problem about four hours into the flight.
“It was shaking and vibrating and the noise was getting louder and louder” he told the BBC.
#Malaysian #Airlines flight #MH122 scared the hell, kudos to Pilot for safe landing in #AliceSprings, after a Brace-for-impact call. @MAS I hope to get my flight home to #HYD soon. God speed on the replacement 🙂
— Madhu Alasyam (@alasyam) January 18, 2018
“Some people were praying and people had tears in their eyes. It was a really terrifying moment.”
He said passengers were taken through emergency procedures by staff, some of whom appeared “nervous and terrified themselves”.