Qantas delays AFL stars Jeff Brown, Robin Bishop and Richard Goyder on preliminary final day

Qantas almost RUINS the AFL finals after a flight is forced to turn back shortly after take-off – and some of the game’s biggest names were onboard

  • Jeff Browne, Robin Bishop and Richard Goyder almost missed preliminary final
  • Browne and Bishop’s flight from Melbourne to Sydney turned around mid-air
  • It was forced to land and meet paramedics due to an ‘unusual smell’ in the cabin 
  • Goyder delayed an hour as a ground crew loaded, unloaded and reloaded cargo

Qantas‘s operational failures almost jeopardised the AFL preliminary final when three bigwigs were delayed several hours because of an ‘unusual smell’.

A flight from Melbourne to Sydney was forced to turn around to meet fire crews and paramedics on Saturday morning after the smell was reported inside its cabin.

One person on board the flight was reportedly treated for smoke inhalation.

Three AFL bigwigs almost missed the preliminary final because of Qantas flight delays on Saturday morning

Three AFL bigwigs almost missed the preliminary final because of Qantas flight delays on Saturday morning

AFL chairman Richard Goyder's (above) flight was delayed an hour as ground crew loaded, unloaded and reloaded cargo

AFL chairman Richard Goyder’s (above) flight was delayed an hour as ground crew loaded, unloaded and reloaded cargo

On board was Collingwood president Jeff Browne, his partner Ann Peacock and AFL commissioner Robin Bishop.

The three were headed for Saturday’s preliminary final at Sydney Cricket Ground.  

Qantas managed to get the VIPs onto another flight and all three touched-down in Sydney by mid-afternoon.

However, dedicated AFL fans weren’t all so lucky with some only landing an hour before the final was set to begin.

Collingwood president Jeff Browne (above) was on board a plane with AFL commissioner Robin Bishop when their flight turned around and landed because of an 'unusual smell'

Collingwood president Jeff Browne (above) was on board a plane with AFL commissioner Robin Bishop when their flight turned around and landed because of an ‘unusual smell’

AFL chairman Richard Goyder was also held up by Qantas on game day with baggage problems causing an hour-long delay on the tarmac.

Goyder’s flight watched on as grounds crew loaded a long line of containers before workers realised there was an issue, unloaded and reloaded them.

Fortunately he also made it to Sydney in time for the game. 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Qantas for comment.

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