On 15 December, a Qantas Airbus A330 (VH-EBC) operated domestic flight QF575 between Sydney and Perth, Australia. The aircraft safely departed Sydney Airport, but during climb-out the cabin started filling with smoke and fumes.
The pilots stated an issue with the aircraft’s hydraulics and decided to return to Sydney Airport, where the aircraft landed 40 minutes after its initial take-off. Passengers were evacuated using the emergency slides.
Passenger Kemp tweeted: “Just had to evacuate my flight to Perth after engineering issues. Everyone had to exit the plane via slide onto Sydney tarmac after the cabin filled with smoke and the captain screamed evacuate. Terrifying.”
The Australian airline rebooked passengers onto another aircraft shortly after the mishap.
Passengers onboard a Qantas flight from Sydney to Perth have been forced to evacuate via slides after the cabin reportedly began filling with smoke. https://t.co/UkgdWcY9Dh
— SBS News (@SBSNews) December 15, 2019
— Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) December 15, 2019