The plane that “shook like a washing machine” has unnerved some air passengers.

ABC reports that yesterday’s apparent engine failure “adds another chapter to AirAsia’s history, following at least four other incidents or accidents involving the Malaysian carrier in the past three years”.

Air Asia’s response in Sydney immediately after the incident reportedly left much to be desired. Read the full report – AirAsia: Delays hit flights after mid-air turnback; some passengers lose faith in airline

According to airlineratings.com, one of the issues that will be investigated is “why the aircraft continued shaking and why the aircraft did not divert to nearby Learmonth when the incident occurred near Carnarvon at 8.16am on Sunday”.

An engine expert said it was possible an out-of-balance fan could windmill after the engine was shut down and still cause a low-frequency vibration.

He said it was “a pretty massive failure” and would only happen for two reasons: a  manufacturing flaw or a lack of quality inspection during maintenance.

AirAsia X did not answer questions but issued a statement defending its safety record and saying it is cooperating with Rolls-Royce as well as local safety authorities.  It also pointed out Malaysia-based AirAsia X had undergone Global safety audits run by the International Air Transport Association in 2015 and 2016.

Meanwhile, the website airlineratings.com has come up with a couple of lists of the safest airlines in the world.

The safest airlines in the world

Qantas, the safest airlines, has an impressive fatality-free record in the jet era.

The rest of the top 20 safest airlines (in alphabetical order):

  • Air New Zealand
  • Alaska Airlines
  • All Nippon Airways
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific Airways
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Etihad Airways
  • EVA Air
  • Finnair
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Japan Airlines
  • KLM
  • Lufthansa
  • Scandinavian Airline System
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Swiss
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Virgin Australia.

So, friendly cabin crew and yummy food can only get you so far.

Top 10 safest low-cost airlines (in alphabetical order):

  • Aer Lingus
  • Flybe
  • HK Express
  • Jetblue
  • Jetstar Australia
  • Jetstar Asia
  • Thomas Cook
  • Virgin America
  • Vueling
  • Westjet.

It is also time for us to make a conscious decision to limit our air travel to reduce our carbon footprint. Some people are already limiting their air travel to only the most essential trips or perhaps once every few years. In other ways, we need to think before we fly:

… aviation is essentially a fossil fuel industry, one which guzzles an eye-watering 5m barrels of oil every day. Burning that fuel currently contributes around 2.5 percent to total carbon emissions, a proportion that could rise to 22 percent by 2050 as other sectors emit less.

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19 COMMENTS

  1. Talking about the safest institutions in BolehLand, is MACC still the safest overnight place for detainess???

    No MACC reforms, despite eight years after TBH’s death
    https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/387325

    A public forum on reforming the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will be held on July 16, marking the eighth anniversary of the death of Teoh Beng Hock, who was found dead after allegedly plunging from the Selangor MACC headquarters.

    The forum organisers, the Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy, said the speakers would discuss measures to strengthen the MACC’s capacity in tackling corruption and to protect the rights of detainees.

    “After eight years, the Malaysian government has still failed to bring the perpetrators of Teoh’s death to justice, yet the MACC officers involved were promoted to senior positions,” it said…

    Promoted? My God!

    • Puspha, it should be Praise The Lord Jesus Christ (PTLJC).
      Anybody can be The Lord unless it is a praise by His full & beautiful name, a Son of God & a part of God’s Trinity.

  2. Tony Fernandes has lauded the pilots and crew of AirAsia X flight D7237 for their “heroic job” in bringing all 359 people onboard to safety.

    A Malaysian ‘Sully’ movie in the pipeline by KRU or Metrowealth soon?

  3. Think before you fly? How to service “offshore accounts”, enjoy junkets at public expense, keep up with the Joneses and show off what you have did (when you get back to your luxury club)?

    Many flights are for goods rather than people. Globalisation capitalism means moving milk, perishable food, festive goods and everything else imaginable across continents and oceans to places where it is already available. Vote with your money. Wishful thinking provides no escape from personal responsibility.

  4. The author is biased in his article. Air Asia has only one disaster (QZ 8501 – Surabaya – SG) on record considering the number of flights since it was established. It is also highly likely that it was a Indon competitors (alleged) sabotage like Silk Air 185 (Jakarta – SG). I am not surprised that Air Asia X D 7237 is another one which was (allegedly) sabotaged by Aussie competitors. One must always look at the other side of the coin!

  5. I possess zero knowledge of flight and aviation safety.
    But since it was the AirAsia captain who made the announcement to passengers.
    Time for the passengers of that affected flight to charge Tony and AirAsia for the prayers performed,made,rendered and delivered!
    *Prayers are not proven to be the solution or effective but the most senior crew of the aircraft asked for it.
    **Ever notices that most airlines and airports are never prepared or are badly prepared for such incidence?
    Give each grounded passengers Aussie$ 20 voucher and let them linger for hours at the departure hall?
    After paying fuel tax, airport tax and govt tax and nobody cares.

  6. AirAsia now seems to encourage customers to buy its online insurance to safeguard the future of turbuelences?
    Time for Tony to be frank on the maintenance of aircraft to make sure no cut corners otherwise more to opt for Jetstar or Scoot !

  7. Tony Fernandez has hinted he’s going to leave AirAsia soon. Now AirAsia’s fleet size growing to become like overweight MAS in the past and no more as agile as b4.

  8. Air Asia’s SOP in time of flight emergency is for the pilot to ask the passengers to pray for safe landing?

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