KUALA LUMPUR: An Air Asia X flight from Gold Coast, Australia was forced to divert to Brisbane when it was believed to have experienced engine problems shortly after takeoff today.
Flight D7207, is believed to have suffered engine problems, with one passenger claiming that sparks were seen coming from the engine.
It is learnt that the Airbus A330, bearing the registration 9M-XXT, touched down in Brisbane safely.
The incident was related by one of its passengers, Eric Lim, via his Facebook account.
Lim claimed the aircraft’s right engine encountered problems right after takeoff.
“Successive sparks boom boom boom went off and people were crying and screaming.
We are all safe awaiting further updates,” he wrote.
Lim also posted a 15-second video showing the aircraft at the airport after it had landed.
According to flight tracking site Flightradar24, the aircraft departed Gold Coast at 10.50pm local time.
It is unknown what time the incident occurred.
He later updated his status, saying that Brisbane airport staff were in the process of sorting out passengers, who had disembarked, at the terminal.
“Since AirAsia does not serve Brisbane, there is no one from the airline. Airport authorities have been helpful and trying to organise and sort things out,” he said.
NST Online is currently obtaining confirmation of the incident from the airline.
This is the second time in recent weeks that the airline had experienced inflight problems.
On June 25, AirAsia X flight D7237 bound for Kuala Lumpur from Perth had to return to the Perth Airport due to technical issues. – NST –