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Qantas jet loses air pressure, forced to turn back

Jul 26, 2009

SYDNEY – A Qantas jet flying from New Zealand to Australia was forced to turn around when the cabin started to lose air pressure, the airline said in a statement.

The Australian carrier has an excellent safety record but has come under scrutiny over the past year after its aircraft experienced a series of technical problems in flight.

Qantas said Saturday's incident involved a Boeing 737-400 ascending out of Auckland en route to Brisbane. At 25,000 feet it developed a "subtle pressurisation problem," the airline said.

The aircraft landed and all 91 passengers disembarked safely. The plane is being examined by engineers.

"The cabin was depressurizing at a controlled rate but certainly not rapidly or noticeably to passengers. There was never any imminent threat to passengers, the crew or the aircraft," the airline said in the statement.

Qantas jet loses air pressure, forced to turn back
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Source: Reuters

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