Qantas flight from Cairns to Melbourne turns around mid-air with reported engine failure

Qantas flight from Cairns to Melbourne turns around mid-air with reported engine failure

Qantas scare as jet is forced to turn around mid-flight due to an engine issue after 90 minutes in the air

  • Flight QF703 returned to Cairns Airport
  • Qantas said pilots were alerted to ‘potential engine issue’ 

A Qantas plane has been forced to turn around mid-flight due to an engine issue.

The QF703 flight from Cairns to Melbourne took off at 2.10pm on Tuesday but the aircraft returned to the Cairns Airport after nearly an hour-and-a-half in the air. 

A spokesperson for the airline said pilots had received ‘a cockpit notification of a potential engine issue’.

The QF703 flight from Cairns to Melbourne took off at 2.10pm on Tuesday but the aircraft returned to the Cairns Airport after nearly an hour-and-a-half of flying

‘The pilots followed standard procedures and requested a priority landing, but emergency services were not required and the aircraft landed safely and normally,’ the spokesperson continued.

‘Customers will be re-accommodated as soon as possible.’

The flight had been due to land in Melbourne at 4.20pm. 

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Eliza Mcphee

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