Mid-air chaos as a packed Jetstar flight from Sydney to Bali is forced to turn when the aircraft's windshield breaks at 40,000 feet
- The plane departed on Wednesday evening from Sydney International Airport
- Flew over the Northern Territory as the airborne emergency unfolded
- Jetstar told Daily Mail Australia that the pilots heard a window crack in the cockpit
- Airline spokesman said the aircraft's structural integrity had not been compromised
A Jetstar flight en route to Bali had to turn around and fly to Melbourne after pilots noticed cracks in the windshield.
The plane left Sydney International Airport before 5 p.m. and flew over the Northern Territory as the airborne emergency unfolded.
An airline spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia that three hours after the seven-hour voyage the pilots heard a crack in one of the windows in the cockpit.
A Jetstar flight en route to Bali had to turn around and fly to Melbourne after pilots noticed cracks in the windshield. The plane (pictured on a previous flight) departed on Wednesday before 5 p.m. from Sydney International Airport.
The spokesperson said the aircraft's structural integrity had not been compromised, but the flight was diverted because & # 39; safety is a priority & # 39 ;.
The plane landed safely at Melbourne airport. Passengers were offered accommodation options and alternative flights were organized.
Travelers expressed concern on social media about what had happened to the plane while waiting for friends and family to arrive in Indonesia.
& # 39; Why would they not go to Darwin when they are so close – why back to Melbourne? & # 39 ;, wrote a person.
Daily Mail Australia understands that Melbourne was the closest airport where the necessary repairs to the aircraft could be made.
Another worried friend of a passenger said: & # 39; We have friends meeting us tonight in Bali and looking at the flight radar, the plane has turned over the Northern Territory and is now heading to Melbourne. & # 39;
& # 39; After I had been on a flight to Denpasar before being diverted to Darwin just before we landed, I feel it is the worst thing ever on board & # 39 ;, another wrote.
Daily Mail Australia understands that Melbourne was the closest airport where the necessary repairs to the aircraft could be made
The aircraft, registered under VH-VKE, also encountered a technical problem in 2015 during a flight from Melbourne to Singapore.
Four hours after the trip, the air speed indicators became irregular and the autopilot broke after entering an area with a high ice water content.
The aircraft returned to a mode with less automated functions.
After 17 seconds, the air speed returned to normal, but due to the reversal, the aircraft should have been flown manually, so it landed in Darwin.
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