AirAsia plane grounded in Australia after 'bird strike'

Roman Quaedvlieg and Peter Dutton

Shortly after the AirAsia X flight had taken off from Gold Coast passengers reported hearing bangs and seeing sparks coming from an engine.

'AirAsia X Flight D7 207 was diverted after experiencing a suspected bird strike to its starboard engine, ' the airline said in a statement.

"It was just taking off then it all of a sudden backed off and swung to the right", Michael King said.

Video footage captured by a passenger showed the plane loudly vibrating and shaking after what passenger Brenton Atkinson said sounded like a small explosion.

Bird-strike incidents refer to collisions between the flying creatures and the wind-shields or engines of planes, and generally occur at the lower altitudes reached during take-offs and landings.

The Airbus, which was carrying 345 passengers and 14 cabin crew, flew for another hour before landing safely in Brisbane.

"The remains of two birds were found on the runway".

"How quickly they got a report out, saying that it was suggested it was a bird strike... it all doesn't pass the pub test", Mr Hansford said.

Last week, another AirAsia flight, this time from Perth to Kuala Lumpur, experienced technical issues after about 90 minutes into its journey.

'I could see an orange light coming from the windows'.

"About 20 minutes into the flight fire sparked out of the right-side engine..."

The Malaysian airline said it was arranging a special flight to take the passengers to Kuala Lumpur.

The pilot on that plane told passengers to "say a prayer".

"We would like to commend our pilot and crew members for their professionalism and swift action to reassure passengers who were on board flight D7 207 and to land the aircraft safely in Brisbane airport", Mr Ismail said.

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