An Air Asia flight bound for Bali’s Denpasar airport has been forced to turn around 25 minutes into it’s scheduled 3hr 40min flight after a loss of cabin pressure on Sunday morning. Flight QZ535 from Australia’s westernmost capital city of Perth departed at 11:35 am local time operated by 10-year-old A320-200. While still ascending to the cruising altitude with 145 passengers after only 25 minutes of flight time onboard oxygen masks dropped and passengers where instructed to get into the brace position, one Perth woman recounted those moments “I actually picked up my phone and sent a text message to my family, just hoping that they would get it, we were all pretty much saying goodbye to each other. It was really upsetting”, another told of the crews panic “The panic was escalated because of the behavior of staff who were screaming, looked tearful and shocked”, the announcements were not made in English therefore quite a few of the passengers onboard didn’t know what was going on. The aircraft made an emergency descent to 10,000ft and landed in Perth safely with no reported injuries.
All passengers were offered other flights to their destinations however understandably a few were a little nervous to take up the offer. This incident after a June incident where flight D7237, also an Air Asia flight, the Perth to Kuala Lumper flight starting vibrating quite severely 90 minutes into the flight with the captain asking passengers to “all say a prayer”, the A330 aircraft and it’s 339 passengers landed safely in Perth. Air Asia will be attracting some harsh well-deserved criticism over the coming day’s. FlightTrader24 tells me that the aircraft involved is in Perth where the Australian Transport Safety Bureau is currently making an investigation
PK-AXE the aircraft involved in the incident at Perth Airport credit