Qantas plane forced to make emergency landing

A Qantas plane has been forced to make an emergency landing at Darwin International airport after losing pressure in the

A Qantas plane has been forced to make an emergency landing at Darwin International airport after losing pressure in the cabin.

The Boeing 737 had taken off with 178 people on board and was on its way to Brisbane when the air-conditioner suddenly broke causing cabin pressure to plummet.

John, a passenger on the plane, said he realised something was wrong about half an hour into the flight.

“We suddenly started dropping,” he told ABC.

“For five minutes we kept dropping. Then the pilot came online, said we had lost cabin pressure and we would be turning back to Darwin.

“It felt like he [the captain] had put the wheels down and it felt like we were falling from the sky.

“It felt safe, but scary.”

Passenger began to throw up because of the sudden change in pressure.

Another passenger said they had to bring the plane down because everyone was at risk of being completely depleted of oxygen due to the fault.

It’s just the latest incident of its kind, with reports of faulty planes and emergency landings feeling like they are becoming more and more frequent.

So are the safety standards on our planes slipping, or are we just more aware of this kind of thing because of the major airline tragedies we’ve seen in recent years?

All passengers from the Qantas flight are reportedly safe, with Qantas making new arrangements to get everyone to Brisbane.

Do you feel as safe as you used to when you fly these days? Are you a good flier or a nervous flier?

  1. Peter Greer  

    What’s wrong with qantas well CEO need to get profits up his salary up service down staff down we always fly Qantas but thinking might not if this thing is happening more Mr irish man needs to get off his bum & talk to people

  2. Dianne  

    Servicing moved off shore was better when being done here

    • Jenny Koppe  

      That is the biggest problem,no safety regulations in place.

  3. Joan Marshall  

    Quantas used to be the Best in the world what in God’s name are they doing by moving servicing offshore? because I will never travel Quantas again so if the Powers that be think they are saving money by having the plane serviced offshore they are loosing money in people not travelling Quantas. What a dumb lot.

    • Marion  

      So are you, Joan!

      There is NO ‘u’ in QANTAS!

      Never has been, never will be!

      If you’re going to caste the Company in a ‘bad light’, at least spell its’ name correctly!

    • Vannus  

      Anything that’s a mechanical piece of equipment can have a failure of some part.
      Think cars’, buses’, cranes’ & trains’.

      The return to Darwin Airport was a normal safety precaution action that ANY Airline would do, & be REQUIRED to do, in the circumstances.

      The media is always ‘happy’ to report any QANTAS fault ‘exuberantly’, but don’t bother about reporting other Airlines’ who’ve similar problems’, or worse!

      It’s called ‘tall poppy’ syndrome!

      QANTAS was voted ‘World’s Safest Airline’, yet again, earlier this year.

      As for servicing of their various aircrafts’, this is mostly done at the QANTAS Jet Base, in Sydney, or the Heavy Maintenance Hangar, specifically built a few years’ ago, at Brisbane.
      Only the servicing of some type of aircraft is done overseas’, because the maintenance facility is not available anywhere in this Country.
      This servicing is done to QANTAS high standards, with QANTAS Engineers’ present throughout the whole procedure.

      BTW, other Airlines’ flying into, & out of, Australa service their aircraft TOTALLY overseas!

      Those who state ‘they won’t fly QANTAS’, that’s your prerogative, but there’ll be many to take your place, quite happily, & I’m just one of them!

  4. Noel  

    Seriously!! “It’s just the latest incident of its kind, with reports of faulty planes and emergency landings feeling like they are becoming more and more frequent.” such an irresponsible ill-informed comment. There are approximately 110,000 flights per day in the world, these incidents are very very few and far between and this type of comment is used to scare the weak minded in the community. Air travel is the safest form of transport available to humans. The chance of a person dying in a car crash on the way to a flight is an order of magnitude larger than actually dying in a plane crash. Time for reporters with far better knowledge of the amine industry to write these stories.

    • Vannus  

      Well said, Noel!
      Sick of ignorant reporters’ not knowing their ‘subject matter’!

      They’re idiots’ trying to ‘scare’ the travelling public, unfortunately.

      AND it backfires hugely, as they’re trying to do it about the SAFEST Airline in the World,
      voted thus a few times’.

      QANTAS is the ONLY Airline to have won the coveted Cumberbatch Trophy, twice!
      Voted for by Pilots’, for Air Safety.

  5. Jeanette  

    Nah! You’d probably act like you were drunk. As an ex flight attendant many years ago on real planes, flying in DC3 over those enormous mountains in New Guinea I often wondered why my pax were all fast asleep, headin up to the cockpit the crew would have their oxygen masks on. High altitude did not ever affect me, however some flight crew I knew in decompression chamber would act like they were very drunk. Still, I applaud the pilot’s action. Sadly I am not a lover of air travel today, it was once enjoyable, no longer. I have just recently returned from Berlin to Queensland. What is it with everyone having to be entertained with non stop movies and food. The food is terrible in anycase

    • Vannus  

      Ah, Jeanette, many fond memories’ of numerous flights to, & around TPNG!
      The aircraft I flew, as a passenger on were Electra, DC-6B, Fokker Friendship F-27, & F28, Piaggio, Boeing 707-338C, starting on my first trip Dec’65.

      I remember being asked to the Cockpit as we flew over the Owen Stanley’s! What a thrill!

  6. Geoff Herbert  

    I use Jetstar domestic and Qantas from London. All on time and no indication of problems. But the recent reports have been too frequent and lacking detailed explanation. I have experienced technical problems with Singapore Airlines namely serious delays due to engine problems on B777’ hard to say Qantas less reliable.

  7. Graham Hill  

    It’s not the “air-conditioner” that failed, it’s the cabin pressure turbine located in the very tail of the plane. It’s usually the most reliable part of an aircraft. It pressurizes the cabin to an altitude of approx 6000 ft, where oxygen levels are tolerable for the majority of people. If the turbine fails, the protocol is for the pilot to immediately drop to 6000-10000 ft, so everyone can breathe! Interestingly, the B787 is pressurized to 3000 ft, for additional oxygen and comfort!

    • Me  

      You’re obviously an aircraft engineer, Graham!

      Good on you, for keeping ‘planes’ flying!

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