A Qantas flight from Chile to Sydney was diverted to Newcastle due to severe weather. The aircraft spent the night on the tarmac after the incident, which included a frightening period of turbulence.
The plane, which was full of passengers, was one of several that had to be rerouted due to the weather.
Santiago to Sydney on QF28 diverts to Newcastle for a sleepover! We were stuck on the Newcastle tarmac for 7 hours after the 14 hour flight from Chile. pic.twitter.com/4GhuIO3rsr
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One of the affected flights was a Qantas flight. According to John Myers, a passenger on the flight, the experience was incredibly bumpy. A crew member also described the turbulence as extreme.
The crew members also noted that the passengers did not scream during the incident.
However, after the plane landed at Newcastle Airport, they discovered that it was not able to accommodate the Boeing 787 operations. This prevented the aircraft from returning to Sydney.
The airport did not have immigration facilities or accommodations available for the passengers.
Due to the situation, the passengers were forced to spend the night on the tarmac, where they were provided with food and drinks by the crew members.
Myers noted that although he was not a fan of Maccas, the people kept their cool during the situation.
In response, Qantas released a statement to thank the passengers for their patience.
The statement noted that the flight from Santiago was one of the many that had to be diverted due to the weather conditions.
In response, the company’s support staff members went to Newcastle to help the passengers.
The incident has highlighted the company’s recent problems, which started the year with a rough start.
Several mid-air turnarounds and incidents involving patients being rushed to hospitals due to turbulence have been reported during the first two months this year.
A new issue with one of its planes just 10 minutes after taking off added to the company’s woes. In late January, a QantasLink flight was forced to return to Sydney after its landing gear malfunctioned.
This was the sixth incident in just two weeks for Qantas. According to radar images, the aircraft was flying around Sydney while trying to burn fuel. Its pilots were alerted to another issue after the plane started to circle the city.
The flight, which was eventually able to land safely, is the latest in a series of mid air issues for the company.
On January 18, the airline was forced to issue a “mayday” emergency call after one of its planes experienced an engine failure.
Then, a couple of days later, a flight from Perth to Kalgoorlie was diverted after experiencing a mechanical issue.