Qantas flight forced to turn back due to wrong paperwork

Qantas flight forced to turn back due to wrong paperwork | Secret Flying

Qantas turns around mid-flight thanks to wrong paperwork.


A Qantas flight from Adelaide to Perth was forced to turn around on Monday due to incomplete paperwork, marking the sixth incident to beset the airline in a week.


Flight QF887 was 45-minutes into its flight when it was discovered that the correct paperwork had not been finalized.


The Airbus A330 circled over the Great Australian Bight, to head back to Adelaide to fetch the correct paperwork.


One passenger tweeted the flight was forced to turn back about halfway into its journey due to a “compliance issue”.


“Waiting in the plane on the tarmac in Adelaide, while it’s being refuelled, and then they’ll try again for Perth,” they wrote in a follow-up tweet.


A Qantas spokesperson confirmed there were no technical issues with the plane, and the delay was due to incomplete paperwork by the airline’s staff.


“Once paperwork was finalised after engineering sign-off in Adelaide, the flight departed for Perth and landed four hours after the scheduled arrival time,” the spokesperson said.


The incident comes after a series of Qantas planes were turned around mid-air in the past week, including a flight from Sydney to Fiji after pilots received a warning about a potential mechanical issue.


It also comes six days after a Qantas flight from Auckland to Sydney issued a mayday call after one engine failed mid-flight. The mayday call was downgraded to a PAN (possible assistance needed) and the plane landed safely.


Qantas Domestic CEO Andrew David was forced to defend the airline by reassuring passengers that turn backs were not uncommon.


He said it was important to view the incidents in context as there were diversions and turn backs across aviation every day, usually as a cautionary measure.


“We understand that when you hear reports of planes turning around, it’s concerning. But people can be assured that aviation is built on safeguards, and one of those safeguards is that if something isn’t right, we take a conservative approach to the problem rather than pressing on,” he said.


“Aircraft are complex pieces of machinery with millions of moving parts and it’s not uncommon to have a problem with one of them.


“What’s important to know is that aircraft are designed with that in mind and have a lot of built-in redundancy, and our crew are trained to deal with those situations so that they can land safely.”


Qantas is often regarded as one of the safest airlines in the world, having not had a fatal crash since 1951.


The carrierΒ was cited in 1988 film Rain Man, with Raymond, played by Dustin Hoffman, claiming, “Qantas. Qantas never crashed.”