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April 16, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

A Qantas A330 flight from Perth to Sydney descended swiftly on Saturday and diverted to Melbourne for an emergency landing after cabin pressure dropped suddenly and oxygen masks deployed.

Anxious passengers on the flight “sent their loved ones goodbye messages, fearing they were about to crash”, Yahoo7 News later reported.

It quoted a passenger saying: “The plane all of a sudden just jerked then started going down.”

The problem with flight QF568 was said to lie with the plane’s air-conditioning system, which affected the ability to maintain pressure in the cabin.

Passengers were transferred to the first available flights to Sydney, while the plane remained at Melbourne for examination by Qantas engineers.

 

FlightRadar24 shows sudden diversion, in red at bottom

 

Passengers are said to have applauded as the aircraft landed.

The Aviation Herald reported that the “the crew initiated an emergency descent” from 37,000 feet to 10,000 feet. They were subsequently able to reset the air conditioning systems, climb the aircraft to 17,000 and divert to Melbourne for a safe landing.

The authoritative aviation publication said the plane was an A330-300, registration VH-QPF. According to Planespotters.net, it was delivered to Qantas in June, 2004.

Written by Peter Needham

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