A Qantas plane from Fiji to Sydney returned to the country after its pilots reported fumes in the cabin.
This was the fifth turnback for the airline in just over a week.
The pilots of the Boeing 737 requested a priority landing in Sydney so that the aircraft could land safely.
The fumes, which were reportedly caused by the oven in the galley, dissipated quickly. N
o one was affected by the incident, and the aircraft was returned to Sydney.
This was also the fifth instance of a Qantas flight experiencing technical issues in the past 10 days.
A Boeing 737-800 plane from Australia’s Qantas Airways to Fiji made an emergency return to Sydney on Thursday after an onboard fault indicator indicated a mechanical issue.
The aircraft landed normally and the pilots followed the standard procedures. The airline said the issue was not related to an engine problem.
Three more Qantas flights were diverted on Friday. One of these was a QantasLink flight from Melbourne to Canberra, while another was a Boeing 737-800 that was heading to Sydney.
On Wednesday, a Boeing 737 from Auckland to Sydney made a mayday call after shutting down an engine, and the aircraft made a safe landing at Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport.
Investigators from the Transport Safety Bureau said they would examine the data and cockpit voice recorders of the QF144 plane to determine the cause of the engine failure.
Qantas said that, on average, about 60 air turn-backs occur each year across its fleet.
The aviation safety authority of Australia was confident that Qantas was following proper procedures and was operating safely.