Qantas flight involved in mid-air turnaround over Adelaide

A Qantas domestic flight operating between Adelaide and Canberra was forced to make a precautionary return to Adelaide yesterday after fumes were detected in the cabin.

Qantas flight QF1974 Adelaide – Canberra

Flight QF1974, operated by subsidiary carrier QantasLink, made a scheduled departure from Adelaide airport (ADL) on Monday morning at 11.20am local time, bound for the national capital Canberra.

Flight data shows that the aircraft, an Embraer ERJ 190 registered VH-XVP, had climbed to almost 5000 feet after departure when the incident occurred.


Approximately 10 minutes after takeoff it was reported that cabin operating crew and passengers began to smell the fumes in the aircraft cabin. The information was relayed to the flight crew, who elected to make a precautionary return to Adelaide airport.

The aircraft was met by fire crews on its arrival as a precautionary measure, and it landed safely without incident.

The cause of the fumes is not known; however, data shows that the aircraft in question VH-XVP subsequently carried out the short hop regional flight this morning, Tuesday 8 August.

Today’s flight departed Adelaide (ADL) on schedule at 11:35am local time and landed Canberra (CBR) at 1:25pm AEST.

The aircraft in question is a 15 year old Embraer 190-100AR belonging to the national carriers subsidiary airline QantasLink; having operated under Alliance Air since October 2022.

Photo Credit: Kgbo, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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