Malaysia Airlines flight MH122 to Kuala Lumpur forced to divert to Alice Springs
PHOTO: Flight MH122 turned back to make an emergency landing near Alice Springs. (Supplied: Flight Aware)
The husband of a passenger onboard a Malaysia Airlines flight forced to divert to Alice Springs, says his wife has described the experience as "hell".
Flight MH122 was travelling from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur this afternoon when one of the Airbus A330-300 plane's engines is believed to have been shut down.
Chin Kanani said his wife became alarmed when she heard a banging sound.
"She said she was on the loo when she started hearing loud banging noises from the right-hand side of the plane and that's when all it started," Mr Kanani said.
PHOTO: The flight was diverted to Alice Springs due to technical issues. (ABC News: Claire Campbell)
Around 200 passengers were onboard the flight at the time, including 17-year-old Mohamad Zogheib who says it was a "terrifying" experience.
"We get the pilot on the loud speaker saying we've got to make an emergency landing," he said.
"Then we get another call a bit later from the pilot saying we were landing in Alice Springs and so that would be another hour and a half on the plane."
Malaysia Airlines said the flight was diverted due to technical reasons and that safety is its priority at all times.
The airline said the aircraft departed Sydney about 1:00pm this afternoon.
Passengers have been told they will have to stay overnight in Alice Springs.
Hotels are being arranged for passengers while replacement flights are organised by Malaysia Airlines.