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AirAsia pilot tells passengers to pray after plane started shaking

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File An Airbus passenger jet of Air Asia is parked at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport

A Kuala Lumpur-bound AirAsia X flight had to double back to its Australian origin Sunday after an apparent engine malfunction passengers called "terrifying" but airline officials later branded a "technical issue". It landed at Perth Airport just before 10 a.m., AirAsia X Berhad said in a statement to Fortune.

A Perth Airport spokesman said the issue was related to an engine.

Earlier this month an Airbus A330 belonging to China Eastern Airlines was forced to make an emergency landing in Sydney after a huge hole appeared in one of its engine casings.

It was clear from the beginning that this was not your standard turbulence and the pilot reportedly asked passengers to pray on two separate occasions.

Passenger video showed the heavy shaking.

A lot of people were crying and everybody burst into applause when the plane landed safely, she said.

"The safety of our guests are our utmost priority", AirAsia said.

ABC News quotes Sophie Nicolas, another passenger on the flight, as saying she was scared when it happened, especially with the reaction of the AirAsia crew of the plane. No one was hurt during the incident.

Dave Parry told ABC that passengers were told to brace for impact on landing.

"Of course we were a bit anxious but at the end of the day ... we safely landed". It was supposed to be a almost six-hour flight, but 90 minutes into the trip, the pilot was forced to turn back around.

"The captain did a very good job, he was reassuring and then we landed safely", one man said.

"Our survival depends on you co-operating, and hopefully everything will turn out for the best", the pilot nervously told them.

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