A routine flight from Dubai to Sydney turned into a two-day marathon after a mid-air emergency.
The Qantas flight QF2 had to descend 29,000 feet in five minutes when the pilot spotted a fault in the plane’s cabin air system.
The plane then made a detour towards Perth to make an unscheduled landing so the fault could be inspected.
The plane touched down in Perth at 1am local time, adding several hours on to the journey.
Qantas officials have said that there was no danger to the passengers or crew on board. An official statement by the airline’s head of flying operations, Captain Mike Galvin went on to say that in such circumstances, a rapid descent is routine.
Swathi Kantharaja, a web developer from Barnet, London, was on the flight, which was the second leg of a long-haul journey from Heathrow.
She said the trip became a “marathon”, adding that she spent nearly two full days in transit because of the unplanned stop in Perth.
Now safely in Sydney, Mrs Kantharaja said she was asleep when the alarm sounded for passengers to put their seatbelts on.
She presumed it was down to turbulence but then the captain informed passengers they would have to make an unscheduled landing in Perth.
She said there were some nervous people on board but in general everyone remained calm throughout the emergency.
She also praised the cabin crew for taking good care of the passengers during the incident, but said she hoped for a much more straightforward flight home.
Plane accidents are extremely rare, with accident rates equivalent to one in every 1.4 million flights.
But no airline can completely guarantee the safety of its passengers and it’s quite possible to suffer cuts and bruises, particularly as a result of problems during take-off and landing.
If you are involved in a plane accident, no matter how small, you could be eligible for compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline for free no obligation advice on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: December 9, 2014
Author: David Brown