A Melbourne to Singapore Jetstar B787 Dreamliner flight diverted to Darwin when the crew had difficulty maintaining altitude, air safety authorities say.
Hundreds of passengers aboard the plane were stranded in Darwin for almost 24 hours after the aircraft turned around midway over the Timor Sea and flew back to Australia, according to an ABC News report.
ABC News said the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has labelled it a serious incident and begun an investigation.
“During cruise the crew reported difficulty maintaining assigned altitude followed by faulty flight instruments,” the ATSB said.
“A fuel dump was conducted before diverting to Darwin.”
The ABC spoke to a senior lecturer in aviation at Central Queensland University, Ron Bishop, who said the airspeed indicator controlled other equipment, “so it could have flow-on impacts on the auto-pilot and other things”.
Jetstar said the company was investigating the diversion and working closely with the ATSB.
A series of cancelled flights, diversions and delays this month have spurred angry Jetstar passengers to give the airline a drubbing on social media. See: Delays, diversions, cancellations – Jetstar pax not happy
Written by Peter Needham