UPDATE 10.59AM: A spokesperson from Air Asia has responded to our request for comment, citing a bird strike from 2 plovers was responsible for the engine issues on the starboard side, forcing a 3 year old A330 airliner to declare a ‘MAYDAY’ before landing shortly afterwards at Brisbane Airport.
The remains of two birds have been found on the runway.
AirAsia X CEO Benyamin Ismail said, “We are following all regulatory guidelines to ensure the safety and well-being of our guests, who are currently being attended to by our ground staff. We would like to commend our pilot and crew members for their professionalism and swift action to reassure passengers who were on board flight D7 207 and to land the aircraft safely in Brisbane airport.
“AirAsia X will arrange for a special flight to transport all guests on Flight D7 207 to Kuala Lumpur as soon as possible.”
The flight arrived safely into Brisbane shortly after its 10.20pm departure from Gold Coast, carrying 345 passengers and 14 crew. A spokesperson for Air Asia confirmed no injuries on board were reported and all passengers have been accommodated until a replacement aircraft arrives.
“A recovery flight has been deployed by AirAsia X and is expected to arrive in Brisbane Airport at 17:10hrs local time. Passengers will be transferred to recovery flight D7 689, which is scheduled to depart for Kuala Lumpur from Brisbane Airport at 18:10hrs today.”
DEVELOPING STORY: A source insider has tonight confirmed an AirAsia A330 flight D7207 bound for Kuala Lumpur from the Gold Coast has made an unscheduled landing into Brisbane Airport citing an engine fire shortly after takeoff. A source has revealed the flight declared a mayday distress call.
Reports suggest fire was extinguished and aircraft landed safe at Brisbane.
Aircraft involved is 3 years old and is powered by 2 x RR Trent 772B-60.
Airline Insider has reached out to AirAsia however no response was received at the time of publishing. We will continue to update this developing story.
MORE TO COME.