Qantas flight develops mid-air snag

Melbourne: Passengers on board a Qantas plane had a lucky escape.

A Sydney-bound plane developed a technical glitch mid-air and had to return to Bangkok almost immediately after taking off from Thailand’s capital.

The pilot of Flight QF2 manually shut down one engine when he heard a loud thud and excessive shuddering 10 minutes after it took off from Bangkok at about 10:30pm (local time), according to an Australian media channel.

“There was some white sparks shooting out of the engine and then they informed us of what was going on, that the engine had been shut down and we were returning to Bangkok,” a passenger was said.

The plane was carrying 356 passengers. It landed safely in Bangkok and engineers have begun investigating the problem.

Qantas said the flight will be re-scheduled at the earliest and passengers on the plane were being put on flights with other airlines.