JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM – An AirAsia Indonesia flight to Bali has been forced to turn back to Perth, Australia in an emergency after experienced a technical issue, Sunday (10/15/2017).
Perth Airport officials said the pilot was alerted of possible loss of air pressure in the cabin of Airbus A320.
A number of Australian news medias reported the flight numbered QZ535 was flying low and plunged 20,000 feet (6,096 kilometers) from a height of 32,000 feet.
The plane bound for Bali finally turned back to Australia after 25 minutes flying.
The airbus carrying 151 people landed safely at Perth Airport.
"We've said goodbye to each others. It's really annoying," a passenger told local media Nine Network, as quoted by the BBC, Monday (10/16/2017).
The incident was recorded in a video and published by local media shows oxygen masks hanging from the ceiling and someone person shouting, "Passengers get down, passengers get down".
Another passenger, Claire Askew, told the Seven Network the panic was escalating as the airline staff shouted and seemed to be crying.
In a statement, AirAsia said it was "fully committed" to the safety of passengers. However, it did not explain further on the problem.
"QZ535 flight with 145 passengers landed safely at Perth International Airport at 12:40 local time. Our engineers going to check the aircraft," said AirAsia in a statement.
"Passenger safety and comfort is our top priority, AirAsia Indonesia apologizes for the inconvenience," it said.