Fumes or smoke have forced a Qantas flight to evacuate at Perth Airport, while a Jetstar flight from Sydney to Cairns had to shut down an engine and divert to Brisbane as a smoky haze filled the cabin.
The problem on the Qantas flight was a hydraulic issue, reportedly. When passengers smelled fumes or smoke after the Fokker 100 landed at Perth airport, Qantas deployed the emergency slides and evacuated 97 passengers and five crew safely.
The flight was QantasLink QF1623 from Newman to Perth.
Meanwhile, the captain of a Jetstar flight from Sydney to Cairns diverted to Brisbane on Thursday and shut down one of the plane’s two engines. A very brief video clip shot by a passenger and broadcast by ABC News shows what appears to be haze in the cabin.
A passenger told the broadcaster she heard a loud explosion and smoke entered the cabin about an hour into the scheduled three-hour flight.
Jetstar disputed this, telling SBS that the “hazy smoke” seen in the video entered the cabin only after the aircraft landed safely in Brisbane and shortly before the passengers disembarked.
A Qantas spokesman said the smoke would have entered the cabin through the air conditioning unit. No-one had needed medical attention that they were transferred to another flight same-day.
Written by Peter Needham