Qantas Airlines Of Australia Boeing 747-400 Flight 16 Emergency Declared Smoke In Cockpit Los Angeles To Brisbane

by Aviation News Reporter on June 24, 2011

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Qantas Airlines Boeing 747-400 Flight 16 Emergency Declared Smoke In Cockpit

Qantas Airlines Boeing 747-400 Flight 16 Emergency Declared Smoke In Cockpit

A Qantas Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Brisbane landed safely at 6:40am today after the pilot called ahead for emergency services to be on standby.

A Qantas spokesman said a faulty fan in the cabin rest area had caused the burning smell and the pilot had radioed asking for emergency crews to be on standby as a precaution.

He said the incident was compounded by a medical emergency, in which paramedics boarded the flight to help an elderly woman who had apparently suffered a stroke.

The 747 would be back in service, as scheduled, later this morning, the spokesman said.

ABC cameraman Craig Berkman was on the flight and said airline staff were moving up and down the aisle towards the back of the plane trying to find the source of the smell, after reports of fumes in the cabin.

“At one point they were running their hands up and down the walls of what appeared to be a toilet cubicle, perhaps looking for some sort of warmth,” he said.

“We found out later that there were fumes apparently detected in the cabin.

“It certainly did cause the staff on the plane some consternation but there was apparently no drama, because we landed safely.”

A Qantas Boeing 747-400, registration VH-OJC performing flight QF-16 (dep Jun 22nd) from Los Angeles,CA (USA) to Brisbane,QL (Australia) with 367 people on board, was enroute nearing Brisbane when a smell of smoke was detected in the cabin. The flight crew declared emergency and continued to Brisbane, while cabin crew attempted to locate the source of the smell. The aircraft landed safely.

The airline reported that maintenance located a faulty fan in the cabin rest area as source of the fumes. In addition to the fumes an elderly lady suffered symptoms of a stroke while on approach to Brisbane, the patient was taken to a local hospital.

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