Some people fully believed they were going to crash
It seems like in recent years, we’ve been hearing about plane malfunctions and ill-fated flights more and more, even though flying is supposed to be one of the safest modes of travel. Some aviators have said that the increased use of automated technology is making pilots unable to fly a plane as manually as they used to, so they don’t know quite what to do when problems come up in the cockpit. This particular flight worried the pilot so much that he suggested everyone say a prayer just so they could survive.
Taking to the Skies
Over in Perth, Australia, 359 people boarded an AirAsia flight bound for Malaysia on Sunday, June 2nd early in the morning. They thought that it would be a routine flight, but AirAsia flights have been known to have serious issues for the last few years. This flight would become just another one of their mid-air failures.
One Scary Situation
About one and a half hours into the trip along the west coast of Australia, a loud bang came from the left wing, and the entire plane began shaking violently. People pulled out their phones and started filming the horrible shaking that lasted for two hours as the pilot turned the plane back to land in Perth. The pilot pleaded with the hundreds of passengers, “Please pay attention and also please listen to everything, our survival depends on your cooperation.”
Passengers likened the shaking to be as harsh as a washing machine, and the crew seemed pretty scared about what was going on. They had a good reason to be frightened…
Bad Track Record
AirAsia doesn’t have the best flight safety record. On December 28th, 2014 a flight from Surabaya to Singapore went terribly wrong after the plane malfunctioned, killing 162 people, all of the passengers on the plane.
The following year, the plane’s crew entered the wrong coordinates which sent them flying in the wrong direction. There were two incidents in 2016 when an AirAsia flight flew dangerously low over Perth and another flight nearly collided with another plane.