Qantas plane forced to land in Bangkok

2011-01-26 14:02

Bangkok - A Qantas Boeing 747 suffering mid-air mechanical trouble was forced to land in Bangkok, a Thai official said on Wednesday, in the latest of a string of problems for the Australian airline.

The Sydney-bound flight developed difficulties on Tuesday evening soon after taking off from the Thai capital, said Somchai Thean-Anant of Thailand's air traffic control.

Reporting from Sydney, the Australian Associated Press said the aircraft was carrying 352 passengers, and quoted a Qantas spokesperson as denying that the airline was suffering from systemic maintenance problems.

Also on Tuesday, a Qantas Boeing 737-400 carrying 99 passengers lost cabin pressure mid-flight en route from Adelaide to Melbourne, prompting the pilot to dive 8 000m and panicking passengers.

Qantas has endured a dramatic few months. In November it temporarily suspended flights of its Airbus A380 superjumbos after an engine on one exploded after taking off from Singapore, damaging the aircraft.

Last week a Qantas flight bound for New York made an unscheduled stop in Fiji after the Boeing 747 developed a problem with a fuel valve supplying one of its engines.

  • John Seloa - 2011-01-26 14:50

    Waiting for comments from all of the would be Kangaroos. How do these Australians f*#k up the Rolls Royce engines? All of these people boring us about re-locating to Aussie must fly Quantas. Surely something is bound to happen.

      valleeboi - 2011-01-26 15:11

      good point. Lol

  • OzzyInSA - 2011-01-26 15:09

    @John. There is no "u" in QANTAS. As for me, I never fly Qantas unless there is no other alternative. After having a perfect flying record that has gone South. Why? They have outsourced the maintenance of their planes to other countries making many Australians unemployed. The start of their problems coincided with the outsourcing of maintenance. Of course Qantas denies this. When I fly back to Sydney, I only fly Singapore Airlines. There is no better airline for safety and service and despite the flight being longer (though you can break it with a Singapore stopover) the fare is often cheaper than Qantas.

  • Slapper - 2011-01-26 16:15

    Mate, Qantas did not F** the engines, Rolls Royce did and they are still paying for their Pommy F**up. Give it a break you Jealous B***ard

  • Colin - 2011-01-26 20:25

    I don't think it is the aircraft to blame there is now no time to properly service them which costs a plenty, so wait until they give problems then they know what to repair or replace. If one or two crash so what insurance will pay for new aircraft.

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