Thursday, February 2, 2012

Qantas flight from Canberra to Sydney makes forced landing as engine fails

  • Sydney-bound Qantas plane suffers engine failure
  • Turns back to Canberra airport as engine shut down
  • The flight landed safely and passengers have disembarked

A QANTAS plane flying from Canberra to Sydney has been forced to turn back after it lost power in one of its engines this morning. 

The QantasLink flight QF1466, with 74 passengers on board, departed at 9.15am but returned to Canberra airport after experiencing engine problems.

It comes a day after the airline announced it has increased fares on all domestic and international flights by up to $60.

“The Bombardier Q400 aircraft operating QF1466 from Canberra to Sydney experienced an engine problem following departure,” a Qantas spokesman said.

“The engine was shut down and the aircraft returned to Canberra, landing without incident at 10.50am.”

Passengers on board the flight told the Canberra Times that power appeared to have been lost in one engine during take-off and one propeller stopped working.
 
The spokesman said passengers have left the plane and will be flown to Sydney on the next available flights.

Engineers are inspecting the aircraft to determine the cause of the issue.

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