AirAsia X A330 returns to Perth after apparent engine failure

The flight landed back at Perth Airport by 10 a.m., the AirAsia X Berhad rep told The News, adding that passengers were redirected onto alternate flights.

Water Police said marine emergency services north of Perth were put on standby to prepare for a possible water landing.

Social media comments from passengers reveal they heard a "bang", and the A330 began to "shudder". We could see the engine out the window which was really shaking on the wing. Stevens said the airline was very forthcoming with information, though he said they told him the trouble stemmed from one of the engines and that the pilot had 44 years of experience.

One person posted a video of the plane shaking on Instagram, where the user @maesaya wrote, "I thought I might die".

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Passengers on the airplane said that the shaking went on for two hours as the airplane headed back to Perth.

It was clear from the beginning that this was not your standard turbulence and the pilot reportedly asked passengers to pray on two separate occasions.

An AirAsia flight has been forced to turn back to Perth after suffering an engine failure mid flight. No one was hurt during the incident.

He praised the pilot, who shook hands with everyone after the flight was over.

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"The safety of our guests is our utmost priority", the airline said.

"I was crying a lot, a lot of people were crying, trying to call their mums and stuff but we couldn't really do anything just wait and trust the captain", she said.

Once they landed, they were told a blade had sheared off the left engine.

With terrified passengers in the brace position, the aircraft landed safely at 10am, three hours after it had left.

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