Qantas flights disrupted

2010-04-06 11:34

kalahari.com

Sydney - A cracked cockpit window and an engine surge grounded two Qantas planes, while an unruly passenger had to be restrained on a third as a rash of incidents hit the airline, officials said on Tuesday.

Flight crew noticed the crack during a journey from Los Angeles to Melbourne, delaying the return leg by some 15 hours as the window was replaced by ground staff. The flight finally took off early on Tuesday morning.

"Cockpit windows are pretty dense structures so it wasn't really a threat to the safety of the aircraft," a Qantas spokesperson said.

Crew on a flight from Sydney to Singapore were forced to physically restrain a disruptive passenger who, according to media reports, threatened to down the plane with the power of his mind.

A journalist with Australian public broadcaster ABC, who was travelling on the flight, said the passenger appeared delusional and had his arms and legs cuffed.

"A passenger on Qantas flight 31 overnight was behaving in a disruptive manner. He was restrained by the crew and the flight was met by Singapore police on arrival in Singapore," the spokesperson said.

No safety problem, says carrier

Meanwhile, a Qantas Boeing 747 from Bangkok to London returned to the Thai capital after a surge in one of its engines. Some 335 passengers were due to leave on a replacement plane.

A similar problem forced a Qantas flight to be aborted last Tuesday, and a day later an Airbus A380 operated by the carrier damaged tyres on landing in Sydney, showering sparks and flames.

A faulty wing flap and an engine wiring problem have also delayed flights in recent days, but the spokesperson said there was no safety problem at the Australian flag-carrier.

"They've all been different issues so we can't ascribe anything systemic to it. It's just very unfortunate timing," he said.

Read more on:    qantas  |  australia  |  air travel
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 40% off fashion accessories

Save up to 40% on selected handbags, purses, watches, jewellery and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2000 on top electronics

Get every day mind bowing savings on top electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

As seen on TV - New book releases at only R199 each

Get mind blowing book savings on new titles. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to 50% on Women’s month treats!

Celebrate the awesome women in your life with awesome treats like beauty products, fashion accessories, bestselling books, electronics and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You are in a curious mood and you want to be the first to know what is happening. You may find yourself drawn into cyber chatting...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.