AirAsia X’s Gold Coast-KL Flight Aborted and Diverted to Brisbane

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Just nine days after a Kuala Lumpur-bound AirAsia X flight had to turn back to Perth about an hour into the flight due to engine trouble, another AirAsia X flight from Australia was aborted and diverted to Brisbane after it suffered engine problem shortly after takeoff. 

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AirAsia X flight D7207 took off from the Gold Coast tourist hub in northern Queensland state en route to Kuala Lumpur at about 10.20pm yesterday. Shortly after departure, it suffered some engine problems and was forced to divert to Brisbane, landing safely in the Queensland capital at 11.33pm.

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The starboard engine was damaged during takeoff due to what the airline called “a suspected bird strike”. The remains of two birds were found on the runway.

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The flight had 345 passengers and 14 crew on board.

Passengers said the plane began shaking shortly after takeoff.

“The plane started shuddering, then there were a couple of loud bangs and a lot of light,” Tim Joga told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper.

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 Another passenger said she saw flames coming from the right engine.

After the flight had landed, some passengers took to Facebook to share their experience.

Eric Lim wrote that he saw sparks coming from the right engine of the Airbus A330 aircraft, with the engine experiencing problems immediately after takeoff.

“Successive sparks boom boom boom went off and people were crying and screaming. We are all safe awaiting further updates,” he said on his Facebook page.

He also posted a 15-second video showing the aircraft at the Brisbane Airport after it had landed.

Posted by Eric Lim on Monday, July 3, 2017

Several hours later, his update showed that with Brisbane not being an AirAsia X destination, there was no airline representative at the airport, but that the airport staff were very helpful.

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Locals were asked to go home while other passengers were accommodated in hotel rooms.

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Another passenger, Calvin Boon, who was travelling with the Penang Forward Sports Club runners, posted a video of the plane after it landed safely on the Brisbane Airport tarmac, thanking the AirAsia X flight captain and crew for their professional handling of the incident.

A recovery flight has been deployed and is expected to reach Brisbane Airport at 5.10 pm (local time) and passengers of flight D7207 are expected to be transferred to D7689, which is scheduled to depart for Kuala Lumpur at 6.10 pm today.

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Updated: The Gold Coast airport said it is investigating the suspected “bird strike” incident while more passengers relate their experience.