Malaysian Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Alice Springs

A Malaysia Airlines flight from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur was forced to divert to the remote desert town of Alice Springs due to'technical reasons'More

A Malaysia Airlines flight from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur was forced to divert to the remote desert town of Alice Springs due to'technical reasons'More

Passengers have described their horror as a Malaysia Airlines plane started "violently shaking" after losing engine power.

A Malaysia Airlines flight was forced to divert to central Australia after a technical issue left the aircraft "shuddering", passengers say.

"The A330-300 aircraft safely landed in Alice Springs airport".

Passengers took to Twitter to report a "loud disturbing noise" from one of the engines.

The airline released a statement overnight, saying the plane experienced technical fault but safety was never compromised.

"Malaysia Airlines is also working very hard to reallocate passengers with onward connections on to the next available flights to their destination. We were sitting right on the wing in the aisle and we could hear the motor stop", one passenger told 9 News.

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Malaysia Airlines said safety remained its top priority.

Mr Brooks was among many passengers who were in good spirits, despite the experience.

"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 it all started", he said.

The plane was travelling over Broome with 224 passengers on board when vibrations began, forcing flight staff to begin its emergency landing procedure. I thought I was going to die'. "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".

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

It landed safely in the desert town of Alice Springs.

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