An AirAsia Indonesia flight was forced to turn back to Australia after pilots were alerted to a possible loss of cabin pressure, airport officials say.
Flight QZ535, bound for the Indonesian island of Bali, changed course about 25 minutes after take-off on Sunday. The Airbus A320, carrying 151 people, landed safely at Perth Airport.
“We were all pretty much saying goodbye to each other. It was really upsetting,” one passenger told the local Nine network.
Another passenger, Claire Askew, told the Seven network that “panic was escalated” by airline staff who were screaming and appeared to be in tears.
In a statement, AirAsia said it was “fully committed” to the safety of passengers. It did not elaborate on the problem.