Flight emergency terror for Qantas passengers
A WOMAN fainted when a Qantas red-eye flight from Perth to Sydney made a terrifying emergency descent in Melbourne yesterday morning.
The plane, QF568, diverted to Melbourne after an issue with its airconditioning system affected its ability to maintain cabin pressure.
Oxygen masks dropped and the pilot announced an emergency descent. A Qantas spokesman confirmed the incident, saying that following standard procedure, the plane descended to 10,000ft.
The crew was able to restart the system and the flight landed normally in Melbourne.
Terrified passengers told how they had feared for their lives as lights were suddenly turned on mid-flight and a burning smell filled the cabin.
Patricia Burke, 62, who was en route to Toowoomba to visit her son, said she could smell burning but saw nothing to indicate a fire on board.
“The cabin crew rushed to reassure people that everything was OK, but it had the opposite effect and was quite alarming,” she said. “There was an elderly lady a few seats in front of me who was crying and very panicked but, for most people, it has just been a massive inconvenience.”