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October 22, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

A Jetstar flight at the weekend was forced to return to Melbourne Airport soon after take-off when a pwerful smell in a back galley made two flight attendants fall ill.

Flight JQ 772 took off for Adelaide about 11.45am on Saturday but the captain made the decision to turn back to Melbourne.

The A320 touched back down about 12.15pm and paramedics treated the two crewmembers at the scene, ABC News reported.

A Jetstar spokeswoman said the pair were taken to hospital for observation, and each was in a stable condition.

“The captain decided to return to Melbourne as a precaution due to two of our crew reporting feeling unwell after an unusual smell in the back galley,” a Jetstar spokesman told the West Australian newspaper.

“Our crew have been assessed by medical staff and our engineers are inspecting the aircraft.”

The flight was delayed and travellers took off in a replacement aircraft about 4pm.

The cause of the illness, and the smell, remain a mystery.

“Residue from cleaning products” was mentioned as a possibility by the ABC.

In a similar incident last December, just before Christmas, two pilots and four cabin crew from a Jetstar flight attended a Gold Coast hospital, apparently after inhaling a mystery gas or vapour, or being overcome by a bad smell.

That strange incident happened after the plane landed at Coolangatta from Cairns.

Crew complained of dizziness, light-headedness and nausea, Channel 9 News reported at the time. They were taken to Tweed Heads Hospital as a precaution.

The report added that there were no passengers aboard.

The cause of the fumes – if it was fumes – in that 2017 incident is not known. The six left the plane and walked to the crew room at the air terminal, talking and fully conscious. They met paramedics and went for a hospital check up because the fact all six were experiencing similar symptoms was considered cause for concern.

Written by Peter Needham

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