A Qantas flight from Melbourne to Dubai has back-tracked to Sydney Airport after flying halfway across the country before encountering engineering problems.
The A380 landed at Sydney Airport about 6.50am on Tuesday, more than eight hours after it left Melbourne.
Qantas flight forced to divert to Sydney
A âslight vibration issueâ with one of the plane's engines meant #QF9 from Melbourne to Dubai finally landed at Sydney airport 8 hours after departure.
A Qantas spokesman said there had been a "slight vibration issue" with one of the engines on the QF9 flight.
"The pilots decided to return the aircraft to Sydney where it is expected passengers will be transferred onto a replacement aircraft later this morning," the spokesman said.The flight path of Qantas flight QF9, which left Melbourne bound for Dubai but diverted to Sydney. Photo: Airlive.net
The plane left Melbourne Airport at around 11pm. After turning back over South Australia, flight tracking websites showed the plane entering holding patterns over Cowra and Goulburn.
It is understood the engine in question was vibrating above its normal threshold.
Qantas also has A380 maintenance facilities at Sydney Airport, which also helps explain the decision to return the plane to Sydney.
The Qantas spokesman said 410 passengers were on the flight. At 9.24am a replacement flight departed from Sydney to Dubai, more than 10 hours after the initial flight left Melbourne.Qantas flight QF9 circled several times before approaching Sydney. Photo: Airlive.net
The flight from Melbourne to Dubai should have taken about 14 hours. The eight hours the flight was in the air would have been enough to complete a trip to Malaysia, Indonesia, or the Philippines.
Before arriving at Sydney Airport, the flight had to wait until a landing "slot" was available in the busy morning period.A Qantas A380 was forced into an emergency landing in Sydney. Photo: Brendon Thorne