Malaysia Airlines jet makes emergency landing in Alice Springs

Malaysia Airlines jet makes emergency landing in Alice Springs

Passengers on a Malaysia Airlines plane flying from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur which was forced to land in the central Australian city of Alice Springs said they were bracing themselves for a possible hard landing after the plane shook violently on Thursday.

The airline said the passengers would be transferred from Alice Springs to Kuala Lumpur on flight MH148 on Friday.

"The fight attendant came on and said the pilot will give a 30-second warning before impact", Donna Edwards told Channel 9.

The A330-300 was forced to divert for an emergency landing in Alice Springs and passengers were told to brace for a crash landing.

The husband of a passenger onboard the flight said his wife described the experience as "hell".

"It was around three-and-a-half hours since we left Sydney and everything was going well, but all of a sudden the engine started to make a very unusual noise and the sound started getting louder and louder", Mr Pandey told SBS News.

The airline released a statement today saying Flight MH122 was diverted for "technical reasons".

"I was scared for my life, I'm not going to lie".

A Malaysia Airlines statement said the plane experienced a "technical fault" in an engine.

About 200 passengers were on board the flight at the time.

"We were aware of a sudden shuddering noise and then we were told to prepare for an emergency landing and there were instructions", Cat told Nine Network television.

"Safety at all times is Malaysia Airlines" number one priority.

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