PETALING JAYA - An Australian passenger onboard AirAsia X flight D7237 has defended the low cost carrier and the pilot against critics, saying that they should be praised and not blamed for the incident.
In a compelling first person account of the Perth to Kuala Lumpur flight, 15-year-old Madeline Wright wrote in a viral Facebook post that AirAsia and the pilot had done their best to keep all 359 people onboard safe and calm during the incident and its aftermath.
"It disgusts me that people are criticising our captain for telling us to pray and are trying to get him fired," Wright wrote on Tuesday.
"The full context was, 'everything is under control in the cockpit. If you want to say a prayer, that might help too'," she said, adding that his urge for prayer was said in a way that comforted them.
Wright, who was embarking on a family holiday to Vietnam, stressed that the pilot made them feel safe and supplied them with sufficient information.
"He was a reassuring voice during this event and gave us hope, he is the reason I am still alive and I cannot thank him enough."
Wright also hit back at critics laying blame of the incident on AirAsia's low fare, explaining that unexpected technical difficulties could happen to any airline.
"The fact that we and other passengers paid less for a flight is not the reason for this plane's accident... We didn't pay less for a technical problem, we paid less for no electronic devices, no meals and less leg room," she said.