Thursday, 18 October 2018

Virgin flight diverts due to burning smell

VIRGIN AUSTRALIA B737-8FE VH-VUP (CN 36604)     File Photo

A flight from Perth (PER / YPPH) to Brisbane (BNE /YBBN) has been forced to make an emergency landing in Adelaide (ADL / YPAD) after passengers noticed a burning smell.
The Virgin Australia flight (VA 465) departed Perth Airport at 7.24am from runway 21 this morning, when a passenger said an electrical burning smell went through the passenger cabin. The odour worried passengers around three hours into the flight, and a witness said the flight attendants seemed anxious. The captain advised there was an electrical issue onboard, and the plane would need to land for inspection. Three hours and 28 minutes later the aircraft landed on runway 23 at Adelaide airport. Fire trucks followed the plane as it taxied after landing, and firefighters inspected the cabin before passengers were allowed off. "In accordance with standard operating procedures, the captain made the decision to divert to Adelaide Airport as a precautionary measure after an odour was detected in the cabin," a Virgin Australia spokesperson said.
"The aircraft was met on arrival by emergency services as a precaution and all passengers and crew safely disembarked the aircraft".
Engineers later cleared the aircraft to return to service.
The passengers will be moved onto an alternative service.

Aircraft Information:
Airline: Virgin Australia
Code: VA / VOZ
Flight Number: VA 465
Aircraft Type: Boeing 737-8FE
Registration: VH-VUP (CN 36604)
First Flew: 12/06/2008
Age: 10 Yrs 3Mths

Story sourced from here with additional information added.

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