Qantas has experienced a string of technical mishaps, the latest being a crack in the cockpit window of a Boeing 747 flying to Melbourne from Los Angeles.
Qantas grounded the plane in Melbourne after the first officer noticed the crack during Monday’s flight, according to reports.
An airline spokesman said there was no risk of depressurization, as the crack was in the outer layer of the dense window, reported the Sydney Morning Herald.
Passengers booked on the return flight to Los Angeles were put up in Melbourne hotels and given dinner vouchers, said the newspaper.
Engine trouble grounded a Brisbane-Los Angeles flight last Friday. The flight was rescheduled for the next day, after Qantas fixed a wiring problem, according to reports.
Last Tuesday, a 747 departing Sydney for Singapore turned around shortly after takeoff because of mechanical problems in one of its engines. The plane reportedly had to dump fuel to meet landing requirements.
Last Wednesday, two tires on an Airbus A380 flying from Singapore burst upon landing at Sydney Airport. No one was hurt, according to reports.