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Bali-bound AirAsia flight returns to Perth after mid-air emergency

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PERTH — An AirAsia flight heading to Bali from Perth plunged 20,000 feet shortly after take-off on Sunday (Oct 15) morning, leaving passengers terrified, Australian media reports said.

Flight QZ 535, with 145 people on board, dropped from 32,000 feet to 10,000 feet after a ‘technical issue’ on the flight, an hour out from Perth, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

Passengers on board the plane took videos of the incident that unfolded, as oxygen masks dropped and passengers held on to their loved ones.

Others on the flight told Channel Nine that they had sent text messages to loved ones, fearing they were going to die.

Clare Askew, who was among the 145 passengers on board flight QZ535, said the reaction of the airlines crew made the ordeal all the more frightening.

“The panic was escalated because of the behaviour of staff who were screaming, looked tearful and shocked,” she said.

The pilot turned back and emergency services were placed on standby at Perth airport, according to ABC.

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World Cup: Belgium defeats Tunisia 5-2

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MOSCOW — Belgium have defeated Tunisia 5-2 to move one step closer to the next round of the World Cup on Saturday.

Two goals each from Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku eased Belgium to a 5-2 win over Tunisia at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium.

Michy Batshuayi, on loan at Dortmund from Chelsea, added the fifth in the game’s dying minutes, only for Tunisia captain Wahbi Khazri to claim a consolation goal in added time.

Eden Hazard opened the scoring for Belgium with a goal from the penalty spot before Lukaku extended the Belgium lead, Tunisia pulled a goal back to make it 2-1 before Lukaku restored the two goal cushion with a deftly chipped finish over the goalkeeper.

Second half goals from Hazard and Batshuayi finished the game as a contest before a consolation from Khazri with the last kick of the game.

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