AirAsia X incident: Bird strike suspected in turnback to Brisbane

Baku, July 4, AZERTAC

Passengers on an AirAsia X flight say they saw sparks coming from an engine after a suspected bird strike led to their plane being grounded in Brisbane last night, but experts are sceptical birds caused the emergency landing.

According to ABC News, the incident occurred shortly after the Kuala Lumpur-bound flight took off from the Gold Coast about 10:20pm, with the plane flying for another hour before landing safely in Brisbane.

The plane switched course to Brisbane an hour after take-off.

“Two bird remains were found on the runway,” the airline said in a statement.

Eric Lim, a passenger who posted images and video of the plane on social media, said the right engine was struck.

“Successive sparks ‘boom, boom, boom’ went off,” Mr Lim posted on Facebook.

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