Another Qantas flight experienced issues mid-air on Sunday, forcing the Sydney-bound plane to turn back shortly after takeoff.
The flight departed Fiji before 3pm (AEDT) but following the detection of fumes in the cabin, the plane returned to Nadi International Airport after a priority landing call was made. The plane safely landed nearly two hours later.
Early investigations indicate the fumes were caused by an oven in the aircraft galley. The Boeing 737 will undergo a full inspection by engineers.
It concludes a difficult week for the airline, after a Qantas flight from Auckland to Sydney issued a mayday call on Wednesday due to engine issues. It was followed by three other flights being diverted due to issues detected.
Qantas stress there are 'no issues'
However the airline is stressing there is no reason for concern despite the incidents.
"There are absolutely no issues at Qantas," Andrew David, CEO of International and Domestic at Qantas, told 2GB on Monday morning.
Mr David said there are about 10,000 turn backs across the industry each year. Qantas experiences around 60 annually.
"Yes we've had four or five in the last week but our pilots are trained to err on the side of caution and they will turn back if there's any issues at all."
He said due to the sheer amount of moving parts on any aircraft, "things will go wrong". In an earlier statement, Mr David stressed the importance of "putting these things in context".
"We understand that when you hear reports of planes turning around, it’s concerning. But people can be assured that aviation is built on safeguards, and one of those safeguards is that if something isn’t right, we take a conservative approach to the problem rather than pressing on.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has moved to diffuse fears over the airline, insisting it is "confident Qantas is operating safely and has confidence in its safety management systems".
"Australia has one of the safest aviation industries in the world and travellers should have confidence when they fly."
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