Earlier last week, a Jetstar Boeing 787 between Tokyo Narita and Cairns suffered a crack windscreen, causing a diversion to Guam. The jet has been stuck there for a week.
Cracked Windscreen: Jetstar 787 Stuck in Guam For A Week…
VH-VKE was the Boeing 787-8 affected by this cracked windscreen that resulted in the diversion to Guam.
The jet was operating JQ26 between Tokyo Narita and Cairns, Australia, when the outer pane of the windshield cracked, as per The Aviation Herald.
From there, the jet made a U-turn and descended rapidly into Guam, where it has been since.
As per data from Planespotters.net, VH-VKE is a 9.4 year old aircraft, which was first delivered to Jetstar back in April 2014.
The aircraft typically seats around 325 people in a two-class configuration.
When Jetstar was made aware that it’s Boeing 787 of VH-VKE had a cracked windscreen, causing a diversion to Guam enroute to Cairns from Tokyo Narita, they sent out VH-VKA to go and pick up the stranded passengers.
The jet landed into Cairns with a significant delay of around 25 hours, with still no indication into when the jet will be repaired so then it can head back to Australia.
Looking ahead, all eyes will be on the Australian carrier to get the aircraft fixed so then it can return into commercial service.
The logistics of this might be difficult given the proximity of Guam to the rest of the world, so no doubt spare parts will need to be flown in so then such works can begin.
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