Fuel Leak Causes Emergency Landing in Tasmania
A Qantas airline flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Hobart International Airport in Cambridge, Tasmania, on Tuesday after the pilot was alerted to a fuel leak.
According to Sally Glaetzer of TheMercury.com, QantasLink Flight QF1507 from Melbourne, Australia, asked for a priority landing after the pilot noticed a flashing fuel light, but there was already a plane making a landing at that moment.
The other plane was from Jetstar Airways, and the pilot worked swiftly to get his plane slowed down and off the runway make room for the Qantas flight. The Jetstar pilot reportedly apologized to the passengers due to the sudden pull up, but explained that there was an emergency landing.
There were no injuries reported aboard the Jetstar flight.
The QantasLink airplane—a Boeing 717 that holds 110 passengers—landed safely at Hobart airport just after 8:30 p.m. local time and was immediately taxied to the terminal. Firefighters and airport crews arrived at the aircraft and began work to diagnose and solve the problem.
A Qantas spokesperson told TheMercury.com, “The flight landed safely at Hobart Airport and our engineers are currently assessing the aircraft. As a standard precaution, the airport fire authorities monitored the aircraft as it landed. The aircraft is expected to return to service tomorrow morning.”
The spokesperson was unable to confirm the number of passengers on the QantasLink flight, but no injuries were reported.
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