05 July, 2017
The pilot decided to make an emergency landing in Brisbane and followed correct procedure by going to the closest large airport, Mr Gibson said.
John Warren said there were loud bangs from the right wing of the A330 and "fairly big flames".
Despite the rough ride, all 345 passengers and 14 crew were uninjured.
According to ABC News, the incident occurred shortly after the Kuala Lumpur-bound flight took off from the Gold Coast about 10:20pm, with the plane flying for another hour before landing safely in Brisbane.
"I could see an orange light coming from the windows", he said.
Passengers said the plane began shaking shortly after take-off.
Passenger Tim Joga, 31, told Fairfax Media that the plan started "shuddering" after "four or five bangs" were heard less than ten minutes into the flight.
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"The flight took off and three minutes after the engine failed already, flames really went through it all".
"Someone said the engine's on fire and we should pray but mostly everyone remained calm".
AirAsia said the plane's engine failed after a suspected bird-strike and that two bird carcasses were found on the runway at Gold Coast airport.
The airline said it would arrange another flight to Kuala Lumpur for passengers as soon as possible.
Chief executive AirAsia X CEO Benyamin Ismail said the engine problems appeared to have been caused by a birdstrike and praised the efforts of the flight crew.
"We would like to commend our pilot and crew members for their professionalism and swift action to reassure passengers. and to land the aircraft safely".
Just last week AirAsia X launched an investigation into what caused the mid-air safety scare on flight D7237 on June 25, when passengers reported engine failure.