Terrified Qantas passengers send goodbye messages to loved ones
Terrified Qantas passengers on a flight from Perth to Sydney sent goodbye messages to loved ones, after mid-air mechanical issues forced pilots to make an emergency landing.
Yahoo 7 reports Flight QF568 was near the WA border when warning lights started flashing, the aircraft jerking violently and rapidly descending as oxygen masks fell from the ceiling.
Ray Chant, one of 300 passengers onboard, recorded the ordeal on his mobile phone.
"This is an emergency announcement," the recording says.
"Sit down in the nearest seat now and pull down an oxygen mask. Fasten your seat belts."
"I just thought, how can I record this and say my last goodbyes?" he told 7 News.
The captain was reportedly able to make an emergency deviation to Melbourne where the flight landed safely, but not without some nervous moments for those onboard.
Qantas issued a statement saying air conditioning had affected the ability to maintain cabin pressure.
This story comes as news emerges of another incident for the Flying Kangaroo, with a flight from Brisbane to Auckland on Sunday being turned around due to mechanical issues.
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