Qatar Airways flight turns back after smoke smell
Doha, April 21, 2014
A Qatar Airways Airbus 330 flight to London last night made an emergency landing in Doha International Airport after passengers amd crew detected a burning smell and smoke in the cabin, a report said.
The flight was forced to turn back 10 minutes into its journey, said the Doha News report.
The airline tweeted about a “technical delay” facing the aircraft following its emergency landing, said the report.
The Doha News report, quoting passengers on board QR flight 001, said the plane took off smoothly, but just after the seat-belt sign had been switched off – roughly 10 minutes into the journey – passengers and crew members began to smell something burning.
“There was a very very very strong smell of burning (the same smell as plastic burning) and a smell of smoke that was very strong, and everyone started to ask questions and panic and speak loudly," a passenger said.
When the crew’s checks detected no obvious source of fire, the captain told the passengers that the plane would be returning immediately to Doha to make an emergency landing.
On landing, the aircraft was met by fire trucks, which then surrounded the plane. Upon disembarking, the passengers were returned to the terminal, where they were told the airline was arranging another aircraft to take them to London, the report said.
The passengers were flown to London in another aricraft after a five-hour delay.