Saturday, 17 February, 2018

Malaysia Airlines flight emergency stop in Alice Springs

The flight path shows the plane travelling back to Alice Springs The flight path shows the plane travelling back to Alice Springs. Flight Aware
Nellie Chapman | 19 January, 2018, 04:00

Passengers on a Malaysian Airlines flight forced to land in Alice Springs due to technical issues have described their fear after the plane began rattling. The staff seemed to be rushing around for a while.

"The fight attendant came on and said the pilot will give a 30-second warning before impact", Donna Edwards told Channel 9.

Flight MH122 travelling from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur with 224 passengers onboard was over the Western Australian coast near Broome on Thursday afternoon when it experienced some technical difficulties.

Passenger Maryna Delport Evetts said engine problems had been blamed for the diversion.

It landed safely in the desert town of Alice Springs.

Mr Pandey said he was thankful to the crew and the groundstaff for looking after them during the ordeal.

"I was scared for my life, I'm not going to lie", he told ABC. "We got a call from the captain on the deck describing how to make plans for an emergency landing, you know, the wording used things like 'impact, ' so we were suddenly bracing ourselves for a rough landing".

"Safety was not at anytime compromised and the commanding captain made a decision to divert the flight for technical assistance".

Passengers are expected to leave Alice Springs on a substitute flight on Friday evening, the airline says.

"Malaysia Airlines is also working very hard to reallocate passengers with onward connections on to the next available flights to their destination".

The aircraft, which has 290 seats, was diverted after an engine fault according to China Plus.

"Safety at all times is Malaysia Airlines" number one priority.

All the affected passengers have been given hotel accommodation, meals and transportation.