Saturday, July 1, 2017

AirAsia captain explains call for prayer

Source Website: http://www.tnp.sg/news/world/airasia-captain-explains-call-prayer
By New Straits Times, The New Paper, 01 July 2017, 06:00 am


AirAsia X flight D7237: Prayers at 38,000 feet [2]
PHOTO: AirAsia X flight D7237: Prayers at 38,000 feet [2]
  • Would You rather hear something like this: “We have a failed engine, but don’t worry, another engine is still functioning well and this aircraft is under our control so that we can get back to Perth safely.” or suddenly the pilot announces, “Let’s pray that we may reach home safely.” ?
  • Have faith in human power, through our own courage and wisdom to overcome an imminent crisis or surrender ourself to the Almighty?
  • Pin all our hopes on the people inside the cockpit or someone outside it? - Not a fair question because God could be inside the cockpit too.
  • Do you have faith and trust in the pilot or God?
  • Do you prefer a pilot or a priest / imam to be in control? - Not a fair question because the priest or imam may not know how to fly an aeroplane. But surely God can.
Passengers would fully depend on the pilot with all his professionalism to overcome whatever problems the aircraft may encounter to ensure everyone’s safety.
The pilot must make sure the passengers have faith in him and not to let everybody assume the aircraft was out of control. Or they could already have been in trouble even before the aircraft.


This issue is then clear. There is not enough faith in God, but having faith in human power, through our own courage and wisdom to overcome an imminent crisis. We lack the trust or do not trust in God to help us. That is everybody's struggle - maybe have faith but no trust in God.
Picture posted by Tay Tian Yan writing for Sin Chew Daily on 29 June 2017 - Pilot says he 'surrendered himself to the higher power' during crisis
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KUALA LUMPUR : He has been at the centre of controversy after he asked passengers on board his plane to pray for a safe landing.

Now, AirAsia X Flight D7237 captain Ibrahim Jalaluddin has come out with details of what happened when the plane was forced to turn back to Perth, Australia, due to an engine malfunction on Sunday.

He said he was flying at 38,000 feet when he heard a sound which he took to be a collision between two metals, reported the New Straits Times.



The missing blade in engine one of AirAsia X flight 380.
PHOTO: The missing blade in engine one of AirAsia X flight 380.
Flying at 38,000 feet the pilot heard a sound which he took to be a collision between two metals.and the engine was not functioning. Mr Ibrahim's checks on the engine confirmed his theory, and he and his co-pilot Vincent Low shut down the engine before turning right and sending a mayday signal to the air traffic control centre in Perth.
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"I thought we had hit another plane. (Then) I knew that the left engine was not functioning, (because the) autopilot (kept turning the plane) left and right," he said.

Mr Ibrahim's checks on the engine confirmed his theory, and he and his co-pilot Vincent Low shut down the engine before turning right and sending a mayday signal to the air traffic control centre in Perth.

He said he then brought the plane - flying on a single engine - to a lower altitude of 25,000 feet (7,620m) as per standard procedure, in a bid to stabilise it.

"But when we were doing this, there was suddenly a terrible vibration. I and my assistant discussed the matter and looked at the position of the plane while considering our various options.

 

Air Asia flight forced to land in Perth, Western Australia
PHOTO: Air Asia flight forced to land in Perth, Western Australia
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"We decided to reduce our speed to the minimum level allowed to reduce the vibration - but it did not work.

"(But) we never gave up.

"Instead, we (pressed on and eventually) found a way to land safely in Perth," he told Berita Harian in an interview on Wednesday night.

On his call for passengers to pray, Mr Ibrahim said he did so because he believes in God and surrendered himself to the higher power.



Pilot Ibrahim Jalaluddin asked passengers on board his plane to pray with him for a safe landing.
PHOTO: Pilot Ibrahim Jalaluddin asked passengers on board his plane to pray with him for a safe landing. He said he did so because he believes in God and 'surrendered himself to the higher power' during crisis.
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"I prayed and continued to pray and it is not wrong to ask passengers to pray with me. I am grateful that we were able to land the plane safely," he said, and thanked his co-pilot, crew and passengers on board who went through the situation with him.

Mr Ibrahim had ignited controversy by telling passengers "I hope you all say a prayer. I will be saying a prayer too and let's hope we all get back home safely," during the emergency.

Many, including a passenger who was on the plane, have defended him against accusations that he was creating panic.



Air Asia Girls in Formula One
PHOTO: Air Asia Girls in Formula One
AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan Paddock Girl.
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By New Straits Times, The New Paper, 01 July 2017, 06:00 am



Reference
[1] New Straits Times, The New Paper,  AirAsia captain explains call for prayer, posted on 01 July 2017 at 06:00 am, http://www.tnp.sg/news/world/airasia-captain-explains-call-prayer

[2] Tay Tian Yan writing for Sin Chew Daily, AirAsia X flight D7237: Prayers at 38,000 feet, posted on 29 June 2017, http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2017/06/29/airasia-x-flight-d7237-prayers-at-38000-feet/