Passengers aboard a Jetstar flight suddenly found they had another way to exit the plane when an emergency slide was inadvertently deployed after the aircraft landed at Melbourne airport.
The incident happened as JQ700 taxied towards its arrival gate after flying in from Hobart, 9 News reported.
Images posted to Twitter showed the slide deployed with ground crew standing nearby. After a 10-minute delay, passengers left from the front of the plane.
Jetstar spokesman Michael Scott told 9 News crew from the flight had been stood down until the airline completed an investigation.
Jetstar has notified the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau – although the incident seems minor compared to a bizarre happening along similar lines at Houston Airport in Texas last month.
In that case, a flight attendant inexplicably deployed the emergency slide of an aircraft and then bolted.
Surveillance video showed the woman sliding down the slide and then taking off on foot at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. United Airlines removed the flight attendant from her flying duties, Mashable reported.
The airline considered the action intentional. “The unsafe behaviour is unacceptable and does not represent the more than 20,000 flight attendants who ensure the safety of our customers,” United Airlines stated.
Written by Peter Needham