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A pilot asked his 259 passengers to pray -- twice -- as the plane shook for two hours

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WATCH | An AirAsia X flight was forced to turn around after the plane began shaking.

A pilot asked 259 passengers on board an AirAsia X flight heading to Malaysia from Perth on Sunday to pray as the plane began shaking.The plane was forced to turn around due to shaking, caused by a technical issue, CNN reports. Passengers said the shaking went on for two hours as the plane headed back to Perth

“We were asleep and heard a loud bang around the 1-hour-and-15-minute mark,” passenger Damien Stevens told CNN. “It shook for the whole ride back, close on two hours.”

The pilot asked passengers to pray on two separate occasions, according to Stevens. When the plane was about to land, passengers were told to hold the “brace” position.

“It was literally like you were sitting on top of a washing machine. The whole thing was going,” passenger Brenton Atkinson told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Passengers on the flight said that everyone broke out in applause when the plane landed back safely to Perth.

This is not the first time AirAsia has had technical issues with a flight. In December 2014, an AirAsia flight plunged into the Java Sea, killing 162 people on board.Some think that this incident will discourage people from flying.

Others were just glad the passengers were safe.

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