Malaysia Airlines Flight MH122 forced to make emergency landing in Australian outback

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH122 forced to make emergency landing in Australian outback

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH122 forced to make emergency landing in Australian outback

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH122 from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur was diverted to Alice Springs Airport, Australia today after facing technical difficulties.

The airline said the Airbus A330-300 plane experienced a "technical fault" in one of its two engines and the pilot chose to divert the flight.

Passengers took to Twitter to report a "loud disturbing noise" from one of the engines.

Malaysia Airlines said in a statement on Thursday that Flight MH122 had been diverted due to "technical reasons".

She said the passengers were told by the crew to "brace for impact" but 30 minutes later they were told "it was under control".

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Another passenger, Mohamad Nogheib, said: "The engine started making a weird sound".

Passenger Maryna Delport Evetts said engine problems had been blamed for the diversion.

"He said "we are planning to return for assistance", then they had an emergency landing demonstration", Pandey said.

The airline said all affected passengers have been given hotel accomodation, meals and transportation.

Peter Brooks said the cabin erupted in cheers once the plane landed safely after initially being told the landing would be worse than it was.

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'MH122 departed Sydney Airport at 1.06pm and was scheduled to arrive Kuala Lumpur at 6.30pm the same day'.

"We said we'd never been to Alice Springs, we don't have time to go to Ayers Rock, have we?" he laughed. The airline will provide more updates as soon as more information is made available.

All 224 passengers spent the night in the Central Australian city of Alice Springs, with many praising the crew for how the situation was handled.

"She said she was on the loo when she started hearing loud banging noises from the right-hand side of the plane and that's when all it started", Mr Kanani told the ABC.

They heard a noise several hours into the flight.

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