Bris­bane- bound flight turned back mid- air

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

A VIR­GIN Aus­tralia flight bound for Bris­bane was turned back to Los An­ge­les af­ter a crack was found in the jet’s wind­screen, the air­line said yesterday.

Flight VA8 was forced to re­turn to the US late on Wed­nes­day “as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure” af­ter the “de­tec­tion of a crack in the air­craft’s wind­screen”, Vir­gin Aus­tralia said in a state­ment.

“Engi­neers are work­ing to rec­tify the is­sue, and we are do­ing ev­ery­thing we can to get pas­sen­gers on their way as quickly as pos­si­ble,” it added.

The Boe­ing 777 was just 30 min­utes into its flight when the crack was dis­cov­ered.

Shari Price, a pas­sen­ger on the plane, told news web­site ninemsn that “I think ev­ery­one started to worry in their own heads” about what was go­ing on.

“When we landed it sounded more se­ri­ous than what they had let on in the air, which was ob­vi­ously to keep us calm.”

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