A Qantas flight from Adelaide was forced to make a terrifying emergency landing on Tuesday morning after a loud bang was heard and the plane began nose-diving.

The ‘oxygen masks will drop down in front you’ part of the safety brief was activated as the plane made a rapid descent from 25,000 ft to 10,000ft.

Photos emerged on social media of scared passengers breathing from the oxygen masks.

The QF706 flight from Adelaide to Canberra departed just after 6am on Tuesday morning but was given priority landing in Melbourne after the incident, safely touching down at about 8am.


The Advertiser reported that the incident was due to a cabin de-pressurisation issue and that Qantas had said the pilots and cabin crew “handled the incident in line with standard operating procedures”.

Passengers were due to be transferred to other flights and the aircraft examined by engineers in Melbourne.