Qantas Flight From Melbourne Suffers Engine Failure in Perth

Qantas Flight From Melbourne Suffers Engine Failure in Perth
Montague Smith (GFDL 1.2 or GFDL 1.2 ), via Wikimedia Commons

It has emerged that a Qantas flight from Melbourne suffered a significant engine failure during it’s approach to Perth.

Information has been published from media in Australia regarding the chain of events that unfolded.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

QF781 – Melbourne to Perth…

Qantas Flight From Melbourne Suffers Engine Failure in Perth
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Qantas Flight From Melbourne Suffers Engine Failure in Perth
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Qantas flight QF781 is a routine scheduled flight between Melbourne and Perth.

The aircraft involved in this incident was VH-EBA.

As per data from, VH-EBA is a 21.5 year old Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

It was delivered to Qantas back in December 2002, and then handed over to Jetstar Airways in February 2007 before being returned to the Australian carrier in August 2014.

Furthermore, of the A330-200 variant, the Australian carrier has 16 of them, of which 14 are in active service and two are parked.

Average fleet age for the variant of aircraft currently sits at 15.8 years.

QF781 departed Melbourne at 2048 local time earlier today and proceeded westbound to Perth.

On descent into their destination, it was noticed that the aircraft entered a series of holds prior to landing.

QF781 landed into it’s destination without further incident at 2138 local time.

Aircraft Grounded Until Further Notice…

Mehdi Nazarinia (GFDL 1.2 or GFDL 1.2, via Wikimedia Commons

As per 9News in Australia, Qantas flight QF781 between Melbourne and Perth suffered an engine failure.

It is understood that this engine was shut down in mid-flight amid reports of a loud bang coming from the aircraft.

A spokesperson for the airline said the following to the news site:

“The pilots followed the procedures for this type of incident and manually shut down the engine and requested a priority landing”.

“These aircraft are designed to safely operate with one engine.”

“We know this would have been unsettling for customers on board and we thank them for their cooperation and understanding,” 

It is understood that VH-EBA has been grounded following this incident in Perth.

All eyes will be on when it will be able to re-enter commercial service and operate flights back to Melbourne.

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