Flight emer­gency ter­ror for Qan­tas pas­sen­gers

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

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.”

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