Qantas experiences plane problems yet again
August has not been the best month for Qantas Airlines as a string of airplane malfunctions has threatened to challenge the world’s third best airline status that Qantas has been granted according to the results of Skytrax poll.
Just today, an engine problem cost the crew of the Australia – New Zealand Qantas flight some nerves, but they managed to land safely, much to the relief of the 219 passengers on board.
One of four engines on a Boeing 747-300 from Melbourne was “reduced to idle” speed while the airplane approached Auckland Airport last night, Qantas spokeswoman Holly Williams said.
However, the pilot managed to land the aircraft with 219 passengers and 16 crew safely, she said.
“A faulty fuel-flow regulator was replaced overnight and the flight (to Los Angeles) is due to depart ... this (Thursday) afternoon,” she said.
Australia’s airline safety body expanded an investigation of Qantas after the company announced it temporarily pulled six Boeing 737-400 airplanes from service because of irregularities in maintenance records.
In another incident today, a Boeing 747 had to be taken out of service to replace a screw in the plane’s tail. The airline confirmed that urgent maintenance was needed.
Ms Williams also confirmed another Qantas Boeing 747 was grounded temporarily in Melbourne yesterday because of a problem with a flap indicator in the cockpit.