Three Qantas international flights have diverted or turned back over the past few days for reasons ranging from engine vibration to heart attack.
Qantas flight QF9, operated by one of the airline’s flagship A380s, made an emergency landing in the Gulf state of Oman after a male passenger suffered a heart attack en route from Melbourne to London on Friday.
The stricken passenger, who was travelling with his wife, died before the plane was able to land, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Passengers described the man being treated on the floor by crew and a doctor aboard as the plane descended.
The man’s body was removed about an hour after landing. The flight was delayed by about four hours.
The other incidents were technical issues. Flight QF61 turned back to Brisbane enroute to Tokyo Narita, about 90 minutes into the flight after reports of a “vibrating” engine. It was the second such incident in five days.
The flight landed safely, passengers were put up overnight and departed on a new flight the following morning, Sunday.
On Tuesday, QF9, an A380, diverted to Sydney on a flight from Melbourne to Dubai because of a “slight vibration issue” in one of its four engines. The flight was still over Australia when the decision to divert was made.
FlightAware software shows the turnaround (see above).
The Aviation Herald said flight QF9 was carrying 410 passengers and was northeast of Perth, about 2 hours and 40 minutes into the flight, when the crew decided to divert to Sydney over the vibrations.
“On approach to Sydney the crew requested full length runway 34L and told tower/emergency services they were having an engine issue. The aircraft landed safely in Sydney about 4 hours after turning around,” the Aviation Herald said.
“A replacement Airbus A380-800 registration VH-OQL departed Sydney about 2.5 hours after landing and is estimated to reach Dubai with a delay of 10 hours.
“The airline reported a minor maintenance issue confirming engine vibrations.”
Written by Peter Needham