AirAsia flight grounded after apparent bird strike damages engine

AirAsia flight turned back to Australia after suspected bird strike
Air Asia X plane makes Emergency landing in Brisbane

05 July, 2017

The embattled airline said a "suspected bird strike" to the plane's starboard engine had forced the pilot to land just over an hour into Monday's global flight.

The airline released a statement pointing the finger at a suspected bird strike.

The Airbus, which was carrying 345 passengers and 14 cabin crew, flew for another hour before landing safely in Brisbane.

The engine problem was blamed on a birdstrike and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority has confirmed plover carcasses were found at Gold Coast Airport.

"I could see an orange light coming from the windows", he said.

Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia X said on Tuesday (July 4) that a flight from Australia to Malaysia was diverted and forced to land in Brisbane because an engine was damaged during take-off by what was thought to be a bird strike.

Passengers aboard flight D7207 reported to have heard "four or five loud bangs" on the right side of the aircraft, reports Xinhua news agency.

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Mr Joga said passengers remained calm and unlike a recent Air Asia X flight where the pilot urged passengers to pray as the flight experienced trouble, a traveller instead urged a celestial plea.

"The flight took off and three minutes after the engine failed already, flames really went through it all".

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

AirAsia X CEO Benyamin Ismail praised the crew on-board and said all passengers would be flown to Kuala Lumpur as soon as possible.

"We would like to commend our pilot and crew members for their professionalism and swift action to reassure passengers. and to land the aircraft safely".

That flight, D7237 with 359 people on board, on June 28 landed safely and investigations are continuing.

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