Engine shut down as smoke fills cabin of Jetstar flight in Australia

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 September, 2016, 8:48pm
UPDATED : Friday, 23 September, 2016, 10:14pm

A Jetstar pilot shut down an engine and diverted to Brisbane as smoked filled the cabin on a passenger flight from Sydney to Cairns in an incident passengers said was “terrifying”.

The Airbus A320 was en route to the northern Queensland city on Thursday evening when the pilot took action to deal with what the carrier said was “a technical issue with one of its engines”.

“The captain decided to shut down one of the engines as a precaution and divert the aircraft to Brisbane,” a spokesman for the Australian budget airline said. “Engineers are looking into the cause. While it’s rare for something like this to happen, our crew are trained to deal with these type of situations and they handled the situation very professionally.”

Video taken on board the plane, shot by a passenger and broadcast by the ABC, showed smoke in the cabin.

“The most terrifying moment of my life,” passenger Aundra Thompson wrote on Facebook.

Jetstar is owned by Qantas, who said smoke only appeared after the plane landed safely.

The bad luck didn’t end there for Qantas. Yesterday about 100 passengers on board another of its

jets in Australia were safely evacuated via the plane’s emergency slides upon landing, after the crew noticed fumes inside the cabin.

The QantasLink flight was carrying 97 passengers and five crew from Newman to Perth.

The aircraft had landed and was taxiing toward the terminal when a flight attendant alerted the pilots to fumes inside the cabin.

Additional reporting by Associated Press