A Jetstar flight to Melbourne turned back to Sydney yesterday after an odd smell arose at the rear of the cabin and permeated through the aircraft.
The captain of flight JQ517, which departed for Melbourne at 2.02pm on Sunday, turned back to Sydney Airport after about 10 minutes. The strange odour was behind the change of direction.
Smells on aircraft can be from various sources, including electrical, fumes or the toilet system. In this case the plane is reported to have moved to a vacant section of tarmac at Sydney Airport, as “fire trucks and emergency crews rushed to the scene”.
Photos showed several yellow fire trucks by the plane.
Jetstar said the captain “elected to return to Sydney a short time after take-off due to reports of an unusual smell at the rear of the cabin.
“The flight had a normal landing at Sydney Airport and engineers are now inspecting the aircraft,” the airline said in an issued statement.
“We’re working to re-accommodate customers on alternative flights this afternoon.”
Jetstar confimed emergency services met the aircraft “as a precautionary measure”. It said the A321 was in the air for about 20 minutes.
Written by Peter Needham