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Two Jetstar A320s damaged after fire extinguishers trigger inside Newcastle Airport hangar

written by australianaviation.com.au | April 28, 2015

Newcastle Airport
Newcastle Airport, with the Jetstar hangar seen in the background.

Two Jetstar Airbus A320s are out of service after being doused with foam when a fire suppression system triggered inside a maintenance hangar at Newcastle Airport.

The two narrowbodies – VH-VQW and VH-VQC – were inside the hangar when the fire system tripped on April 23 and filled the hangar with foam.

VH-VQW, which arrived at Newcastle on April 19 for maintenance, was completely inside the hangar and suffered damage to its engines, computer and electrical systems, according to The Jetstar Source website.

Meanwhile, sister-ship VH-VQC landed at Newcastle Airport on April 22 for maintenance and had its nose inside the hangar at the time of the incident and suffered engine damage.

A photograph of the scene posted on the Sydney Airport message board showing foam spilling out of the hangar with one Jetstar aircraft visible can be seen here.

A Jetstar spokesman said the incident was believed to have been caused by storm damage.

“Our engineers are currently assessing aircraft that were in the hangar at the time of the event,” the Jetstar spokesman said in an emailed statement on Tuesday.


“We expect there will be some works required before returning the aircraft to service, however these won’t be significant.”

Comments (7)



    Am I the only one that wants to run through all those bubbles?

  • Ben


    It’s a shame the picture no longer works. I guess Jetstar had it taken down

  • Leon Burger


    How much foam can a fire supression system produce to “fill the hangar with foam”?

  • Neil Hansford


    If you go back through the Fire and Rescue records the number of false alarms from this installed system might suggest it has never been stable..Maybe JQ need to get another system supplier.

  • David W


    At least it works-LOL

  • Martin


    The SMH article also reports on a QANTAS A380 slipping from a jack at Sydney maintenance base resulting in damage to the stabiliser. Oops.

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