Pilot urges passengers to pray after AirAsia flight forced to turn around

The passengers described the tortuous journey as being like "a washing machine" with rapid shaking and rattling following a "huge bang" that took place around 75 minutes into the six-hour journey.

At least one of the passengers onboard was able to catch the terrifying incident on camera.

Passenger Brenton Atkinson, 24, said the entire plane was shaking far more than standard turbulence.

The flight was shaking for almost an hour as it was like "sitting on top of a washing machine". "The whole thing was going".

Adding to the crisis: The view from the window showed the plane's engine shaking uncontrollably.

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A blade had sheared off an engine, the captain told passengers at one point, according to Perth Now.

AirAsia and Perth Airport confirmed there was a technical issue, but investigations into the incident are ongoing.

She would not confirm if the plane's engine was affected, responding only that it was a "technical issue". "We all thought, you know, we're just going to go down", Mascarenhas said. "The crew were really good, although the pilot asked us to pray twice and said he was scared too". "I was crying a lot... a lot of people were crying, trying to call their mums and stuff".

One passenger said everyone broke into applause, and the pilot shook everyone's hand on the way out.

"Our survival depends on you cooperating".

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The captain, however, informed the passengers that they should pray for a safe landing. "Hopefully everything will turn out for the best", said the pilot in a mid-air announcement.

"The management applaud the decision made by the flight crew that brought the aircraft to land safely at Perth Airport, " it said.

The Airbus A330 returned to Perth as emergency vehicles stood by as a precaution.

A spokesperson for Rolls-Royce told CNN, "We are aware of the incident and will be working closely with relevant partners to understand the cause of the issue".

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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