More drama for Qantas as packed flight from Melbourne to Sydney turns around after take-off
- Qantas flight forced to turn around mid-flight
- Plane was flying from Melbourne to Sydney on Friday
The plane is understood to have suffered an engineering issue.
It comes just days after a pilot on Qantas flight QF144 from Auckland to Sydney was forced to issue a mid-air mayday call halfway through the three-hour journey.
Passengers have since revealed how they heard a loud bang as the left engine failed mid-air – however many remained blissfully unaware until touchdown.
Paramedics rushed to Sydney Airport on Wednesday to meet the passengers as 200,000 people tracked the the troubled flight on FlightRadar.
After its safe landing, Qantas said the mayday had been downgraded to a ‘possible assistance needed’.
A statement read: ‘Qantas Flight 144, a 737 flying from Auckland to Sydney, experienced an issue with one of its engines about an hour from its destination.
‘While a mayday was initially issued, this was downgraded to a PAN. The aircraft landed safely at around 3.30pm and is now being inspected by our engineers.
More to come.