Qatar Airways plane is forced to turn back to Brisbane and make an emergency landing after passenger spotted something ‘hanging’ off the wing
- Qatar Airlines flight passengers see something on the wing
- They show pilot who turns plane back shortly after take-off
- Brisbane Airport confirms the plane had ‘mechanical issue’
A Qatar Airlines flight headed to Doha from Brisbane was forced to turn back to the airport for an emergency landing after passengers spotted something hanging off the wing.
The Boeing 777 took off from Brisbane Airport at 11.11pm local time on December 31 for the 14-hour trip.
However, barely 15 minutes into its journey, the plane stopped climbing at 10,000 ft and headed out to sea to begin a holding pattern off Queensland’s coast.
The plane dumped most of its fuel off the coast before landing back at Brisbane Airport just after 12.30am on January 1 – meaning hundreds of passengers spent their New Year’s Eve in a circling plane.
A passenger on the flight, designated QR899, revealed on Twitter why the plane was forced to turn back.
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‘Passengers noticed something white hanging/coming off the right wing,’ he tweeted.
‘Pilot came and took a look through passenger windows, shining a torch onto the wing.
‘Seatbelt sign was never turned off, and we headed back to Brisbane.’
The passenger said he didn’t see the white thing himself but was told about it by air stewards.
Flight Radar 24, which tracks planes across the world, showed the Qatar Airways plane doing a figure eight over the water.
Twitter user Jesee described the incident that apparently cause the plane to return to the airport it took off from
It is standard procedure for a long-distance flight to dump fuel and lighten the aircraft before an emergency landing.
A spokesperson for Brisbane Airport confirmed the plane turned back because of an issue with the aircraft.
Qatar Airways told aviation website Paddle Your Own Kanoo that the plane landed safely after suffering ‘a technical issue’.
‘Passengers are being assisted by ground services which includes providing hotel accommodation before resuming their journey at the earliest opportunity and we apologise for any inconvenience caused,’ the statement said.
The flight to heading to Doha aborted its planned trip early and began a hold pattern to dump fuel for the emergency landing