This week’s weird moment has to be on Air Asia D7 237 which developed engine trouble 90 minutes out of Australia’s Perth International airport. Prayer is a feature if most human religions. In many an emergency, some non-believers have suddenly discovered a higher being and prayed for rescue, or salvation. While the plane began shaking violently, the pilot specifically asked passengers to pray twice.
I believe in the power of prayer but this seems to be the oddest way of reassuring passengers. Compare this to the calm Pilot on Qantas 32 in 2010, when his Airbus 380 shredded one of its four engines tearing a hole in the wing.
On top of this, people have reported that the Air Asia cabin crew were showing fear. This is the time when the are supposed to keep their heads, instruct people in the safety processes and help people evacuate if and when needed.
More on the shaking plane:
People keep telling me I overreact to safety fears with airlines. I am sorry, I do not agree. When I am 38,000 feet above sea level in a plane that is shaking, I want a pilot who calmly tells me that they are fixing the problem. A pilot who has completed enough safety check and tests to reassure me all is safe. Almost all of the Air Asia sister companies regularly score badly for safety:
- AirAsia India: 3 out of 7
- AirAsia Indonesia: 2 out of 7
- AirAsia Malaysia: 4 out of 7
- AirAsia Thailand: 2 out of 7
- AirAsia X: 6 out of 7
- AirAsia Zest (Philippines): 3 out of 7
Ironically, in this case, the carrier was AirAsia X which has the highest safety rating. Sunday’s example confirmed for me, that when I have a choice, an airline with a good safety record wins over any other option.
The plane is an Airbus A330-343 registration number: 9M-XXE which has been flying since
To top it off? When they landed, all Air Asia did was hand them a $20 voucher and direct them to queues in order to re-book.
Definitely weird and just Not Good Enough, Air Asia.
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