Qantas flight turns back after engine problems
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Last Updated: Monday, May 02, 2011, 16:09
Melbourne: An Australian airliner Qantas flight from Perth to Newman was forced to turn back Monday due to engine problems.

According to ABC, passengers described hearing a bang not long after takeoff this morning at 05:30 am local time.

There were 116 passengers on board QF 1820 and one of those on the flight, Tim Williams, described what happened.

"Just shortly after take off, we did experience a bit of a bang, we heard and felt it as well, not long after that we dropped a little bit in altitude and we did notice just a little bit of instability in the plane in the flight," he said.

"Then obviously the captain came on line and told us that you know there's a bit of a problem with the left engine and that we would be returning to Perth", Williams added.

A Qantas spokeswoman Olivia Wirth said engine one on the Boeing 717 had to be shut down about 15 minutes into the flight.

"The report from the Qantas pilot has indicated that there was a bang which led to the shutdown of the engine which is line with procedures and the aircraft returned to the airport safely," she said.

"The engineers are currently assessing the engine to determine exactly what the nature of that bang was.

The flight returned to Perth and landed safely.

Qantas has chartered a new plane which will leave for Newman this afternoon.


First Published: Monday, May 02, 2011, 16:09

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