A second Qantas plane was forced to turn around minutes after takeoff due to mechanical problems, marking the airline’s fourth mid-air diversion in three days.
Flight QF1516 from Melbourne to Canberra was forced to turn back after pilots noticed a problem with the Boeing 717’s winglets.
The plane took off from Melbourne airport at 10:10 a.m. and was in the sky for just 17 minutes before turning around and landing at 10:27 a.m.
It came minutes after pilots on flight QF430 from Melbourne to Sydney were alerted to a “minor engine problem” and turned the plane around.
The Boeing 737 took off from Tullamarine Airport at 9:28 a.m. before completing a long loop, returning just 50 minutes later at 10:18 a.m.
A Qantas spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia that customers on both diverted planes would be booked on other flights over the next few hours.
‘The aircraft landed normally, it was not an emergency or priority landing. Both engines remained operational throughout the flight,’ they said of the first flight.
It comes on the heels of Qantas flight QF144 from Auckland to Sydney was forced to put out an airborne emergency call midway through the three-hour journey on Wednesday.
Then on Thursday, flight QF101 was forced to return to Sydney airport after suffering a “potential mechanical problem” on its way to Fiji.
Flight QF1516 from Melbourne to Canberra was forced to turn back after pilots noticed a problem with the Boeing 717’s winglets (pictured is the plane’s route on Friday morning)
It comes after Qantas flight QF144 (pictured) from Auckland to Sydney was forced to put out an airborne emergency call midway through the three-hour journey on Wednesday.
QANTAS DIVERTED FOUR AIRCRAFT IN THREE DAYS
Flight QF144 from Auckland to Sydney was forced to put out an airborne emergency call halfway through the journey.
Flight QF101 from Sydney to Fiji was forced to turn back after suffering a “potential mechanical problem”.
Flight QF1516 from Melbourne to Canberra was forced to turn back after a problem with the flaps.
Flight QF430 from Melbourne to Sydney turned around after the pilots noticed a “minor engine problem”.
Passengers on Wednesday’s flight from Auckland revealed they heard a loud bang as the left engine failed in midair.
However, most were blissfully unaware of the problem until they landed at Sydney airport and were greeted by a flurry of reporters.
The first travelers to get off the plane said they were not told the 747-800 had suffered engine failure, just that there was some kind of problem after the loud bang.
Passenger Simone Schmidt told the media: “They told us nothing had happened, they were totally professional and we only found out when we got back on land.”
I only heard a thump and maybe a slight shudder, but that was it. We had no idea at the time, we didn’t realize the whole engine had blown, we just heard an explosion.
Her husband Colin added: “There was some gasping when we were told we were back on the runway, but by then we had landed.”
“Even then they told us it was a small malfunction.”
Another woman named Georgia said: ‘You wouldn’t have known something was really going on. We had no idea what had happened, it was fine.
A passenger named Layla added: “A lot of people said they noticed something and I thought I heard something but not recognizable.”
A packed Qantas plane traveling from Melbourne to Sydney was forced to turn around mid-air just days after another plane issued an emergency call.
The Boeing 737 took off from Tullamarine Airport at 9:28 a.m. before completing a long loop, returning just 50 minutes later at 10:18 a.m. (Pictured, a Boeing 737 at Sydney Airport)
Georgia, left, said: “You wouldn’t have known something was really going on.” Meanwhile, an English woman (right) praised the passengers on board the flight as well as the crew for their calmness.
Layla (pictured) said she thought she heard something but wasn’t sure. Passengers leaving the flight said they did not know what had happened.
An English woman praised the passengers on board the flight, as well as the crew.
“It just went quiet, everyone was good, everyone did what they had to do,” he said.
One passenger said: “The fire trucks were there and the pilot said ‘oh we have to park because we have an engine problem’ and then when they inspected it he said ‘oh no the engine really failed’.”
“When they said we could turn our phones on, I turned my phone on and had 18 missed calls from my wife asking if I had landed.”
Concerned emergency services watch shortly before the flight landed safely in Sydney.
QF144 lands in Sydney after experiencing engine trouble mid-flight, prompting an emergency call
After its safe landing, Qantas said the mayday had been downgraded to “possibly necessary assistance”.
A statement said: ‘Qantas Flight 144, a 737 flying from Auckland to Sydney, experienced a problem with one of its engines within an hour of its destination.
‘Although initially a mayday was issued, this was lowered to a PAN. The plane landed safely at around 3:30 p.m. and is now being inspected by our engineers.”
An emergency call is issued when a flight is in serious and imminent danger and needs immediate assistance, according to Airservices Australia.
Once the call is issued, controllers alert aviation rescue, firefighting and emergency services with details on how to respond. They also provide assistance to pilots.
Just one day later, a Qantas flight from Sydney to Fiji was forced to turn back after suffering a potential mechanical problem mid-flight.
Flight tracking showed the plane was circling before returning to Sydney.
QF101 pilots received an indicator failure and had to land back in Sydney, and engineers are now examining the Boeing 737.
An onboard indicator warned of the failure of the plane that touched down in Sydney just before 11 a.m., and engineers later examined the Boeing 737 on the ground.
Flight tracking showed the plane circled off the coast before returning to Sydney.
The flight was headed for Nadi Airport around 9am when it turned around and landed back at Sydney Airport just before 11am.
“The pilots followed standard procedures and the aircraft landed normally in Sydney,” a Qantas spokesman said.
Engineers will examine the plane. We thank customers for their patience and are working to get them on their way to Fiji as quickly as possible.”