Qantas plane makes emergency landing in Bangkok

An air traffic controller in Bangkok said the pilot sent a message to request landing in Bangkok, citing "technical problems".

Qantas plane makes emergency landing in Bangkok

A Qantas Airways Ltd Boeing 747 plane was forced to turn back to Bangkok and make an emergency landing due to "technical problems", a Bangkok-based air traffic controller said on Wednesday.

The Sydney-bound flight carrying 354 passengers and 18 crew members left Bangkok on Tuesday evening and returned to the Thai capital about two hours later, said a Qantas spokeswoman in Bangkok.

An air traffic controller in Bangkok said the pilot sent a message to request landing in Bangkok, citing "technical problems".

It was unclear what caused the problem, the Qantas spokeswoman said.

"Qantas is investigating what happened. We do not know whether it was a mechanical problem," the spokeswoman said, adding that the passengers will take a different plane to Sydney on Thursday morning.

A mid-air engine explosion in a Qantas A380 last year grounded Qantas' fleet of the superjumbos and shook confidence in the national flag carrier.


Reuters

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