Qantas Airbus A330 returns to Sydney, Australia after cabin fills with smoke and fumes

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.


Bart Noëth: Since 1996, I have been working in the Belgian airline industry, from a weekend job as a cabin aircraft cleaner to a flight attendant. After the demise of Sabena - in 2001, I created a website called, originally a meeting place for plane spotters and aviation freaks. Since 2017, the website changed into a professional news site. Next to aviation, I love to travel, wine and dine and enjoy my time off(-line) with my girlfriend, friends and family. My favourite football squad is KV Mechelen, I am an Ironman 70.3 finisher and my ambition is to complete a full Ironman.
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