Wendy Perkins is recovering after a frightening mid-air experience recently.
The Burrill Lake resident was a passenger on the Airbus A320 that was forced to land in Brisbane this week.
The plane had been en route to Cairns from Sydney but Jetstar engineers said a “technical issue” forced the pilot to make the decision to shut an engine down and land early.
Jetstar said an emergency was not declared and that smoke entered the cabin through the air conditioning vents only after landing.
However, Ms Perkins told The Times she disputes the claim.
“An explosion happened under my seat, accompanied by a lot of smoke and loss of flight speed,” she said.
“The right side engine blew up and the cabin was filled with smoke coming up between my legs and it was a rancid chemical smell.
“It happened about 45 minutes into the flight and it would have been another half an hour before we could land.”
While she praised the pilot for the safe landing, Ms Perkins said it was a scary experience.
“I started crying and sent my partner a text message telling him I loved him and that we were going down,” she said.
“When we landed we were all just so relieved and we clapped the pilot.”
After landing in Brisbane, the passengers continued the trip after a four-hour wait.
With her partner living in Cairns, Ms Perkins is a regular traveller but said she won’t be flying Jetstar again.
A Jetstar spokesperson said engineers are investigating the cause.
"While it's rare for something like this to happen, our crew are trained to deal with these type of situations and they handled the situation very professionally."
No emergency was declared when the plane arrived at Brisbane and it’s understood no-one was injured.
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