A Malaysia Airlines flight had to divert and make an emergency landing in Alice Springs today due to “technical reasons”.

ABC.net.au reported that Flight MH122 was travelling from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur this afternoon when one of the Airbus A330-300 plane’s engines was believed to have shut down.

It quoted the husband of a passenger onboard as saying his wife had described the experience as “hell”.

Chin Kanani said his wife became alarmed when she heard a banging sound.

“She said she was in the loo when she started hearing loud banging noises from the right-hand side of the plane and that’s when all of it started,” Kanani said.

The news portal said there were around 200 passengers onboard the flight at the time.

The portal quoted another passenger, Mohamad Zogheib, 17, as saying it was a “terrifying” experience.

“The pilot was on the loud speaker saying we’ve got to make an emergency landing,” he said.

“Then we got another call a bit later from the pilot saying we were landing in Alice Springs and so that would be another hour and a half on the plane.”

The portal quoted Malaysia Airlines as saying the flight was diverted due to technical reasons and that safety was its priority at all times.

The airline said the aircraft had departed Sydney about 1pm today.

Passengers will stay overnight in Alice Springs and hotels are being arranged for them while waiting for replacement flights

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