1. ‘We said goodbye to each other.’ Air Asia flight from Perth to Bali plunges 20,000 feet.
Passengers aboard an Air Asia flight travelling from Perth to Bali believed they were going to die when the plane suddenly plunged 20,000 feet just 25 minutes after take-off.
Oxygen masks fell from the ceiling and passengers were told to take the brace position as the plane - flight QZ535 - was forced to make an emergency landing due to a problem with cabin pressure.
Passengers said they didn't know what was happening because most of the plane's onboard announcement weren't in English, AAP reports.
"The panic was escalated because of the behaviour of staff who were screaming, looking tearful and shocked," passenger Clare Askew told reporters at Perth Airport.
"Now, I get it, but we looked to them for reassurance and we didn't get any."
Perth woman Leah told Nine News said the ordeal was "really upsetting."
"I actually picked up my phone and sent a text message to my family, just hoping that they would get it," Perth woman Leah told Nine News.
"We were all pretty much saying goodbye to each other."
The flight returned to Perth safely and passengers were rescheduled.
Air Asia also issued a statement saying the airline "apologises or any inconvenience caused" and that the "safety of our guests is our utmost priority".
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