Qantas flight from Sydney is forced to turn back after smoke was smelt in the cockpit
- Plane turned back due to ‘unusual smell’
- Met by fire crews on return to Sydney
A Qantas plane from Sydney to Canberra was forced to turn back mid-flight after smoke was reportedly smelt in the cockpit.
The aircraft was given a priority landing at Sydney Airport on Thursday and was met by fire crews on the tarmac.
The plane landed safely and all passengers and crew alighted from the plane without incident.
However, travel plans were thrown into chaos with passengers forced to spend the night in Sydney before their journey continued on Friday.
A flight to Canberra was forced to return to Sydney after an ‘unusual” smell in the cockpit
‘One of our Sydney to Canberra flights returned to Sydney yesterday after crew reported an unusual smell,’ a Qantas spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia.
‘It’s standard practice for fire services to attend a priority landing’.
‘No passengers were impacted by the smell and were reaccommodated on flights this morning. Our engineers are checking the aircraft.’
The mid-air emergency unfolded hours before Sydney Airport was plunged into chaos on one of its busiest days of the year.
More than 100 flights have been cancelled out of Sydney Airport on Friday due to strong winds.
Cancelled flights out of Sydney were spread throughout the day as the airport tries to manage using its one east-west runway, rather than its twin north-south tarmacs.
The airport is being buffeted by strong westerly winds of up to 70km/h.
The cancellations and delays impact on all airlines.