‘I Thought I Might Die’: Pilot Tells Passengers to ‘Pray’ After Mid-Air Engine Explosion

After 90 minutes in the air, 359 passengers aboard an AirAsiaX flight Sunday felt a small explosion from the left wing before it proceeded to shake “like a washing machine” for the next two hours.

Multiple videos were taken aboard the flight from Perth, Australia to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, showing the violent shaking and the passengers reactions. One video was posted to Instagram with the caption, “I thought I might die.” A video also showed the left engine rattling and shaking dangerously.

“Our survival depends on you cooperating. Hopefully everything will turn out for the best,” said the pilot in a mid-air announcement. Passengers also reported that the pilot twice asked for them to “please pray.”

The incident took place over the Indian Ocean, causing the plane to turn around and head back to Perth. The flight landed safely there while passengers still brave enough to fly waited hours for another flight and were offered a $20 voucher, according to the 7 News Brisbane.

This is the third issue with that type of engine since May. It also is a reminder of the Dec. 2014 AirAsia flight that crashed into the Java Sea, killing all 162 people on board.

AirAsia released a statement simply saying, “AirAsia remains committed to meeting all safety and security requirements in all the countries that we operate in.”

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