Where does this stuff come from I wonder. Even if it was an engine failure, it could fly for many hours on one. The initial issue happened not all that far from Learmonth, which is a perfectly capable airport. Hopefully they haven't flown away from the closest one again.Plane has landed now. Suggestions of engine failure, and authorities were on alert for potential water ditch.
Quotes from passengers on board, sharing cabin announcements. And info from Water Police. AirAsia flight returns to Perth due to 'technical issue', passenger says 'blade came off turbine' - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)Where does this stuff come from I wonder.
It seems via the flight deck, in this case!Where does this stuff come from I wonder. <snip>.
It's obviously shaking caused by out of balance rotation. There are lots of blades, in different stages of the engine, and they're all different sizes and weights. Throwing a fan blade is the least likely of the outcomes. If that's the case, it will be very interesting to see what the engine looks like.Could that shaking be caused by the fan rotating after losing a blade? Bit like the shudder in a car when a wheel is unbalanced.
With that sort of shuddering was there any potential danger to the integrity of the aircraft? I guess I'm trying to understand why the aircraft didn't land sooner.If the rotation doesn't stop, you'll need to slow down as much as possible to reduce the air flow, and land as soon as possible.