Smoke in cabin forces Qantas flight to land

Ruth Doherty

A Perth-bound Qantas flight had to return to Adelaide after smoke from a malfunctioning oven filled the cabin.

The Boeing 737 was carrying 124 people, and was forced to turn back to keep in line with safety policies.

A spokeswoman for Qantas said: 'It was just smoke coming from the oven. The crew turned the oven off but we took the plane back to Adelaide.'

Nevertheless, the old saying 'there's no smoke without fire' was surely running through many passenger's minds.

The incident comes just days after a cockpit fire caused by an electrical fault forced a Qantas Airbus A330-200 bound for Manila from Sydney to make an unscheduled landing.

The pilots used an extinguisher to douse the fire and diverted to the nearest airport at Cairns where they landed safely.

Last November the airline temporarily suspended flights of its Airbus A380 superjumbos after an engine on one exploded when taking off from Singapore, damaging the plane.

Then in January, a flight bound for New York made an unscheduled stop in Fiji after the Boeing 747 developed a problem with a fuel valve supplying one of its engines.

Soon after, another Boeing 747 suffered mid-air mechanical trouble after taking off from Bangkok and was forced to return to the Thai capital.

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