Air Asia jet in mid-air scare

Passengers on board an AirAsia flight have described the terrifying moment when the plane lost cabin pressure and plunged 20,000 feet shortly after take off.

By The Daily Telegraph in London
  • Published 17.10.17
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Passengers in AirAsia mid-air drama were "saying goodbye to each other"

London: Passengers on board an AirAsia flight have described the terrifying moment when the plane lost cabin pressure and plunged 20,000 feet shortly after take off.

Flight QZ535 was just 25 minutes into its journey from Perth to Bali when it was forced to turn back because of a technical issue on Sunday morning.

Oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling as a precaution and the 145 passengers were told to adopt the "brace" position as the plane dropped altitude.

"I actually picked up my phone and sent a text message to my family, just hoping that they would get it," Leah, a passenger from Perth, told Nine News.

"We were all pretty much saying goodbye to each other. It was really upsetting."

Video posted on social media shows a member of the crew saying: "Passengers get down, get down!"

"One of the stewardesses started running down the aisle and we thought, why is she running," Leah said.

"And then the masks fell down and everybody started panicking. Nobody told us what was going on."

Clare Askew, who was also on board, told Seven News people were terrified.

"The panic was escalated, because of the behaviour of staff, who were screaming and looked tearful," Askew said.

Tracy, from Perth, was on the flight with her young son, Jayden. Passenger Mark Bailey told Seven Network television: "Hostesses started screaming: 'Emergency, emergency.' They just went hysterical."

"There was no real panic before that, then everyone panicked," Bailey added.

Passenger Norman Pearce told Seven the flight crew said: "Emergency. Crash positions and that was it. Nothing for about five minutes and then the oxygen fell down."