Smoke in the cabin of a Jetstar flight to Sydney, which led the captain to divert to Williamtown Royal Australian Air Force base near Newcastle earlier this week, had a human cause – namely, somebody smoking in the toilet.
Crew reported an odour of smoke in the cabin on Jetstar flight JQ413 from the Gold Coast to Sydney on Monday.
Daily Mail Australia quoted a passenger saying the captain informed passengers shortly before landing that the plane had encountered technical problems.
An airline statement said the captain chose to land at Williamtown “as a precaution after crew reported a smell in the cabin”.
“The flight landed safely and without incident at Newcastle.”
Passenger Nathan Brookfield tweeted that smoke was seen coming from inside the plane.
The plane was later given the all clear. A Jetstar spokesman has now revealed the cause of the problem, telling ABC News: “It’s understood the smell was caused by cigarette smoke from the toilet.”
Written by Peter Needham