Qantas plane forced to turn back to Darwin after it dropped almost a KILOMETRE during a flight to Brisbane 

  • A Qantas plane bound for Brisbane returned to Darwin on Friday mid-flight
  • QF 825 was an hour into the flight when air conditioning became faulty
  • Passenger Angie Smart said the cabin became 'uncomfortably hot'
  • There was harsh turbulence before an announcement from the captain
  • Qantas told Daily Mail Australia the captain made the decision to return the plane to Darwin and safety of their customers was always the first priority 

A Qantas flight was forced to turn back to Darwin during a flight to Brisbane last week, after it descended 30,000 feet mid-flight.

QF 825 was an hour into its flight when a fault developed with the air conditioning.

Passenger Angie Smart told the NT News the first indication that something was wrong was when the cabin became 'uncomfortably hot'.

A Qantas flight was forced to turn back to Darwin during a flight to Brisbane last week, after it descended 30,000 feet mid-flight

A Qantas flight was forced to turn back to Darwin during a flight to Brisbane last week, after it descended 30,000 feet mid-flight

'We heard the co-pilot announce the plane was returning back to Darwin and the seatbelt sign came on,' she said. 

'Then suddenly we felt the harsh turbulence and the pilot announcing again that we had just dropped from 40,000 feet to 10,000 feet.

'I looked out the window and could clearly see the ground. I was thinking; Oh my God, are we going to crash?'    

A Qantas spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia: 'Qantas flight QF 825 was flying from Darwin to Brisbane when a fault developed with the air conditioning about an hour into the flight and the captain made the decision to return to Darwin.'

QF 825 was an hour into its flight when a fault developed with the air conditioning and the captain made the decision to return the flight to Darwin

QF 825 was an hour into its flight when a fault developed with the air conditioning and the captain made the decision to return the flight to Darwin

'We apologise to customers for the inconvenience and thank them for their understanding. Safety is always our first priority.'

At the time of the incident, there were 172 passengers and six crew on board the aircraft. 

Ambulances were called to Darwin Airport as a precaution.  

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