Published on : Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Hundreds of passengers were left stranded in Australia and the U.S. after Qantas cancelled 4 consecutive Melbourne-LA flights. The airline cited several separate mechanical problems as the cause. Quantas said in a statement that the LAX to Melbourne flight was cancelled due to an ‘engineering issue’ relating to a panel on one of the aircraft’s wings.
There were more than 170 boy and girl scouts were returning home from the World Scout Jamboree. Qantas used 484-seat Airbus A380 aircraft to operate the flights on the route Melbourne-Los Angeles.
Flight QF94, which travels from Los Angeles to Melbourne, was cancelled on Sunday because of mechanical problems, with passengers placed on a Monday evening journey or another flight scheduled for Tuesday night.
Monday’s 9 am QF93 flight, scheduled to depart from Melbourne bound for LAX, was cancelled, while the QF93 flight, due to depart Melbourne at 1.10 pm on Tuesday, was also cancelled.
Between Saturday, Aug 3 to Mon, Aug 5 the four flights cancelled were – two from Melbourne to Los Angeles and two going the other way.
The flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne – QF94 was cancelled on Saturday and Sunday evening. The Melbourne to Los Angeles flight QF93 cancelled on Monday 5, and Tuesday 6.