A Qantas Airbus A380 operating a flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne was forced to turn back on Tuesday night after a water pipe ruptured.
The aircraft – reported as VH-OQD – was operating QF94 and was an hour into its flight to Melbourne when the pipe burst. Passengers reported an increasing amount of water began flowing down the aisles of the upper deck and then down into the lower deck cabin.
“A flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne has returned to LA about an hour after take-off as there was a water leak on board the aircraft,” a statement from the airline read. “Crew on board did everything they could to help customers, including moving them to unaffected areas and providing spare blankets so they could stay dry.
” We’re also providing customers with hotel accommodation while the issue is being fixed by our engineers in Los Angeles. We apologise to customers for the inconvenience. There were no safety of flight concerns with the water leak, however the Captain decided to return to LA in the interests of passenger comfort. We are liaising with Airbus to understand what caused this fault.”