Qantas Plane Makes Emergency Darwin Landing
29th Sep 2016
Qantas-operated Boeing 737 plane from Brisbane was forced to make an emergency landing at Darwin International Airport on Friday when its cabin started losing pressure due to an air conditioning failure.
The plane had with 172 passengers and six crew members on board.
One of the passengers on board the plane, Jo from Katherine, was on her way to visit her family when she felt the cabin becoming very hot. She had this to say about her experience:
As we went to land, the plane died of all air and now we were safe."
She also said that the captain had to divert the plane to Darwin Airport and land, or the passengers would be completely out of oxygen.
Her fellow passenger John said he noticed something was wrong about half an hour into the flight.
"We suddenly started dropping. For five minutes we kept dropping. Then the pilot came online, said we had lost cabin pressure and we would be turning to Darwin. It felt like the captain had put the wheels down and it felt like we were falling from the sky. It felt safe, but scary."
John, who is a regular flyer, also said the plane went quiet and some passengers began throwing up.
Qantas has organized a replacement aircraft from Brisbane, but it is still unknown when passengers can expect it.
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