Qantas flight to Kalgoorlie from Perth turned around the seventh in seven days to experience mechanical issues
Footage from inside the Qantas flight bound for Kalgoorlie that was forced to return to Perth due to mechanical issues is just the latest of the airline’s horror run of turn-backs.
Flight QF1608 took off at approximately 3.50pm on Tuesday and was about 20 minutes into the flight when it was forced to turn around due to a minor mechanical glitch.
It landed safely around 4.40pm.
Upon landing, engineers boarded to inspect the Fokker F100 and cleared it for take-off on Tuesday night.
Passengers remained on the plane and were unable to disembark.
The plane eventually departed after it was cleared around 7pm and landed in Kalgoorlie at 8.15pm, a delay of about three hours.
“The aircraft could have continued to Kalgoorlie but as there is no engineering support there the aircraft returned to Perth,” a Qantas spokesperson said.
The latest turn-back brought Qantas’ total to seven in the past week.
The incident comes after a Qantas flight travelling from Auckland to Sydney issued an emergency mayday alert for a reported engine failure.
NSW emergency services were on standby for flight QF144 after it sent a distress signal over the Tasman Sea, about an hour out from its destination.
The plane landed safely with one engine and was taken out of action for an immediate investigation by engineers.
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A Qantas flight from Adelaide to Perth was also forced to turn around on Monday after paperwork had not been finalised.
As the plane got close to the WA border the paperwork issue was identified and the flight had to turn back to Adelaide to finish it.
After finalising the correct paperwork, passengers landed at their destination in Perth four hours later than scheduled.
The most recent international incident was on Sunday when flight QF102 from Nadi, Fiji to Sydney was turned back on reports of smoke in the cabin, which came from an oven in the aircraft’s galley.
Marketing expert Barry Urquhart said a perceived safety problem at Qantas would be a precarious issue for the airline and undermine its competitive advantage.
He said this could lead to further losses in both the international and domestic markets.
“If there is a question mark over their brand, that’s the sort of thing where you do have brand damage,” he said.
“It’s not simply a matter of coming back doing an advertising campaign, running sentiments and having the Qantas choir sing at the opening of AFL football matches – that doesn’t win back the integrity, the brand, the preference, the loyalty, and the repeat business that Qantas has always enjoyed.”
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