QFA 7 Picture credit- FR24
QF63Picture credit- FR24
“Two Qantas long-haul aircraft carrying hundreds of passengers have been forced to return to Sydney after one suffered wing flap problems and the other a crack to the outer pane of a cockpit windscreen just hours into their flights”.
“A Boeing 747-400 jumbo – Qantas Flight 63 – on its way to Johannesburg in South Africa, departed Sydney just before 11am on Friday before the captain decided while above Tasmania to turn back to Sydney”.
“An A380 – QF7 – flying to Dallas in the United States, departed at 1.40pm and turned around shortly afterwards, circling over the Tasman Sea east of Wollongong.”
The 747-400 has 3 layers of cockpit windows, only the outer pane cracked, the aircraft did not suffer any depressurisation.
This follows an incident earlier on Friday (last week) of two Qantas A330’s bound for Jakarta and Bangkok delayed from taking off due to the need for an engine replacement and repairs to stop a small fuel leak.
How do people feel about Qantas now after this? I know that I will always fly with them no matter what and that I hold a place for them in my heart. However it worries me a little bit about these maintenance issues! Looks to me that the airline will have to look over there Maintenance records and do some interviews perhaps!
Credit: Sydney Morning Herald