21.3 C
Byron Shire
December 1, 2021

Three Qantas flights forced to land

Latest News

A disappointed dog

It’s taken a whole week for my dog to read to page 21 in last week’s Echo. She’s been...

Other News

Storms and rain for Tuesday and Wednesday in the Northern Rivers

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) is predicting widespread thunderstorms and rain for the Northern Rivers.

The no-dam business case

There are groups standing for election next Saturday who are composed mainly of high profile business people. Many people...

Byron candidates 2021 Q&A part 2

Buckle in, seats upright, and loosen the belt!  It’s time to see what candidates have to say – in full...

Laurel Lodge open for community housing

North Coast Community Housing (NCCH) has officially opened 12 refurbished fit-for-purpose homes in the former Lismore Base Hospital accommodation known as Laurel Lodge.

Realistic, local agendas!

On Saturday 4 December we need to vote for people who focus on issues that can be controlled by...

COVID update – Aquarius, Lismore sewage fragments and the South African variant

The Northern NSW Local Health District says there have been no new cases of COVID-19 reported in the 24 hours to 8pm 28 November, but, they are urging residents in the Lismore area to be alert for COVID-19 symptoms.

Three Qantas flights have been forced to make unplanned landings. (file pic)
Three Qantas flights have been forced to make unplanned landings. (file pic)

It was a bad day for Qantas.

The airline was hit by a barrage of problems on Monday, with incidents on three flights forcing unplanned landings.

Two planes made emergency landings at Perth Airport, in one case with dozens of passengers reportedly needing medical treatment.

Another Qantas flight, en route to Dallas, was turned back to Sydney after about four hours in the air because of technical issues affecting passenger comfort.

Karratha-bound QF904 returned to Perth about 2.40pm after cabin crew noticed an unusual odour.

A spokeswoman for Perth Airport said a warning system had also lit up, and all passengers safely disembarked after the unscheduled landing.

While a Qantas spokeswoman said there were “no reports of any passengers affected”, a St John Ambulance spokesman said paramedics were treating 75 people at the airport for smoke inhalation.

He said some might need to be taken to hospital for further treatment.

It is believed the pilots may have been affected.

‘We’re working closely with the Department of Health should a mass transport be required,’ the spokesman said.

Earlier, a Qantas A380 passenger jet travelling from Dubai to Sydney was diverted to Perth when the air conditioning developed a fault as the plane was over the Indian Ocean.

‘As a precaution the aircraft descended to 10,000 feet and the captain requested a priority landing,’ Qantas said in a statement.

No one was injured.
In a statement late on Monday, Qantas said the technical fault on the QF7 flight to Dallas had impacted seat power, the in-flight entertainment system and some of the toilets.

The Qantas route between Sydney and Dallas is the world’s longest non-stop route, taking 14 hours 50 minutes to the US and 15 hours 30 minutes on the return flight.

‘While the aircraft could have continued flying safely to Dallas, the decision was made to return to Sydney in the interests of passenger comfort on what is a long flight,’ the statement said.

‘Customers who don’t live in Sydney have been put up in hotels for the night and all others given transport home. We’ve re-booked customers on another flight to Dallas leaving tomorrow morning.’

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Realistic, local agendas!

On Saturday 4 December we need to vote for people who focus on issues that can be controlled by Council. Candidates claiming they can,...

Coal shame for Queensland and Australian

Local Whitsundays resident Paul Jukes took action this morning against the continued development of the Adani Carmichael Coal Mine.

Wilsons River flood peak and flooding not expected for Tweed, Rouse, Brunswick River catchments

The prediction provided by the Bureau of Meteorology expects that locals around the Wilsons River at Lismore will see the river peak this afternoon at 4.20m. However, ‘Flooding is no longer expected in the Tweed, Rouse, Brunswick River catchments.

Vote for community

From 2007 to 2020, I lived in Byron Bay. I worked as a community-based coastal and marine researcher and writer. I wrote about this...