Bandung-bound AirAsia flight from Surabaya fails to take off

Bandung-bound AirAsia flight from Surabaya fails to take off

Another incident involving an AirAsia Indonesia flight leaving Surabaya happened on Saturday night where the jet's engine failed to get the aeroplane to take off.

The plane that was due to leave Surabaya at 9pm for Bandung had been taxiing for two to three metres at Juanda International Airport when the engine suddenly died, online reports said sourcing Indonesia's Metro TV.

120 passengers were told to get down from the aircraft for repair works, reported Channel NewsAsia.

New Straits Times reported that a passenger, Mr Yusuf Fitriadi, said he had heard a loud sound before the jet's engines died.

"We were shocked and panicking. I was terrified. The plane eventually retreated to the original position. We were ordered to disembark immediately," said Mr Yusuf in the New Straits Times report.

The Straits Times reported that a man wearing a pilots' uniform told "passengers waiting at the terminal that the starter monitor had malfunctioned".

Channel NewsAsia reported that Mr Yusf had said "despite attending to the problem and announcing that the flight will continue, almost 90 per cent of passengers decided not to board for fear that the same problem may recur mid-air".

Online reports also said that the airline refunded airfares to passengers who chose not to continue their journey.

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