Qantas passengers ill on overheated Australian plane

File photo: Qantas plane in Sydney The Qantas plane was heading for Lord Howe Island

Related Stories

Two passengers on a Qantas flight in Australia have been taken to hospital with dehydration after the plane developed an air conditioning fault.

Local media quoted passengers as saying the temperature inside the plane had soared to 40C (104F).

The plane, bound for Lord Howe Island, was forced to return to Sydney, where it was met by medical teams.

Qantas did not confirm the temperature, but said passengers and crew were being treated for heat exposure.

The flight landed safely and crew had called ahead for emergency crews to meet them as a precaution, the airline said in a statement.

Qantas, Australia's national carrier, has been struggling in recent months, as a result of slowing demand, growing competition and higher fuel costs.

It was also hit by a trade union dispute, which grounded its entire fleet in 2011, and by the series of safety issues which have affected the Boeing 787 Dreamliner plane.

More on This Story

Related Stories

More Asia stories

RSS

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • BlueNew blue

    Meet the artist, showman and inventor who created a colour that had never existed before

Programmes

  • Art installationClick Watch

    How one artist is using computer code to turn internet radio into a unique piece of music

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.