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.
— Daneloft (@daneloft) March 4, 2019
QF706 to Canberra this morning lost cabin pressure so we put the oxygen masks to good use while diverting to Melbourne. Kudos to the professionalism of the @Qantas crew with the safety and wellbeing of passengers clearly the priority. Not how I expect my morning to go though. pic.twitter.com/swokDvDXPg
— Greg Denehy (@gregdenehy) March 4, 2019
There’s been a scare onboard a Qantas flight on its way to Canberra this morning. Passengers say oxygen masks dropped from the roof before the aircraft descended rapidly. It was forced to make an emergency landing in Melbourne. Photo credit: @daneloft #QF706 #7News pic.twitter.com/eoo2hziW26
— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) March 5, 2019
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.