Qantas engineers are examining an A380 jet that was forced to make an emergency landing in Perth.
Qantas Flight QF2 travelling from Dubai to Sydney was diverted to Perth early on Monday due to a fault in its air conditioning system, after the plane descended to 10,000 and the captain requested a “priority landing” at the airport.
The incident started about 3am over the Indian Ocean, around 700km northwest of Perth.
A Qantas spokesman said the super jumbo, which landed safely, was being inspected.
“It was a fault with the air conditioning so the engineers are having a look at that now,” he said.
“It’s taking a little bit of time to get to the bottom of it.”
The jumbo is expected to return to Sydney later on Monday.
“It will fly back empty,” the spokesman said.
Passengers who were onboard have been given accommodation and would be booked on upcoming services to their destinations.
During the flight, passenger Nigel Richardson tweeted pictures from the cabin showing all was calm.
“Full shut down of air conditioning system that keeps plane pressurised at altitude was the problem,” he said in a post.
Mr Richardson praised the response of the crew saying “#qantas first officer walking through plane giving personal situation update to everyone as best he can. Full marks to crew #QF2”.
A Qantas passenger flight from Sydney to Dubai has made an emergency landing in Perth after experiencing problems with cabin air pressure.
A spokesperson for the airline said flight QF2 made the early morning emergency landing after the plane’s air conditioning, which keeps the plane pressurised, failed.
— Nigel Richardson (@NigelRichardson) December 7, 2014