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
- Hawaiian Airlines
- Japan Airlines
- Scandinavian Airline System
- Singapore Airlines
- 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
- HK Express
- Jetstar Australia
- Jetstar Asia
- Thomas Cook
- Virgin America
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.