More drama for Qantas as packed flight from Melbourne to Sydney turns around after take-off
- Qantas flight forced to turn around mid-flight
- Plane was flying from Melbourne to Sydney on Friday
A packed Qantas plane travelling from Melbourne to Sydney has been forced to turn around mid-flight just days after another aircraft issued a mayday call.
The plane is understood to have suffered an engineering issue.
It comes after a pilot on Qantas flight QF144 from Auckland to Sydney was forced to issue a mid-air mayday call halfway through the journey on Wednesday.
The following day, flight QF101 was forced to turn back to Sydney Airport after it suffered a ‘potential mechanical issue’ on its journey to Fiji.
A packed Qantas plane travelling from Melbourne to Sydney has been forced to turn around mid-flight just days after another aircraft issued a mayday call
Passengers on the flight to Auckland on Wednesday have since revealed how they heard a loud bang as the left engine failed mid-air.
However, the majority were blissfully unaware of the issue with the engine until they landed at Sydney airport and were met by a flurry of reporters.
The first travellers to alight the plane said they weren’t told the 747-800 had suffered engine failure, simply that there was some sort of issue after the loud bang.
Passenger Simone Schmidt told the media: ‘We were told nothing had happened, they were totally professional and we only found out when we got back on land.
‘I heard just a bang and maybe a slight shudder but that was it. We had no idea at the time, we didn’t realise the whole engine had gone, we just heard a bang.’
Her husband Colin added: ‘There were a few gasps when they told us when we were back on the runway but by then we had already landed.
‘Even then they told us that it had been a slight malfunction.’
Concerned emergency services watch on shortly before the flight landed safely at Sydney
QF144 lands in Sydney after suffering engine issues mid-flight, sparking a mayday call
After its safe landing, Qantas said the mayday had been downgraded to a ‘possible assistance needed’.
A statement read: ‘Qantas Flight 144, a 737 flying from Auckland to Sydney, experienced an issue with one of its engines about an hour from its destination.
‘While a mayday was initially issued, this was downgraded to a PAN. The aircraft landed safely at around 3.30pm and is now being inspected by our engineers.’
A mayday call is issued when a flight is in grave and imminent danger and needs immediate assistance, according to Airservices Australia.
Once the call is issued controllers alert aviation rescue, firefighting and emergency services with details on how to respond. They also provide assistance to pilots.
More to come.