Footage shows terror on board Qantas flight from Perth, after passengers were told to prepare for emergency landing
Passengers say they were attempting to give their “last goodbyes” after their Qantas flight bound for Sydney suffered a mid-air emergency and was forced to divert to Melbourne.
Qantas flight QF568 was two hours into its journey when it experienced an issue with its air conditioning system that affected the ability to maintain pressure in the cabin.
The red-eye flight descended to 10,000 feet, where pressurisation is not required, but not before passengers had been asked to use oxygen masks.
Among the 300 passengers on board was Ray Chant, who got out his mobile phone and prepared for the worst.
"Terrified. I just thought, how can I record this and say my last goodbyes?" he told Seven News.
Footage captured on passengers’ phones shows the emergency message being played throughout the plane.
“Oxygen is required now. It is important you pull your mask towards your face to turn the oxygen on.”
Paramedic Sam Pumphrey said she did what she could to calm those around her.
“Because everyone was freaking out, hyper-ventilating,” she said.
“There was a couple, a young lady struggling big time.”
Some passengers told Seven News there was a smell of burning plastic in the moments before the emergency descent, which finished with a safe landing in Melbourne.
Qantas says its engineers are assessing the Airbus A330, which for now remains grounded.
Passengers eventually got to Sydney this afternoon on another plane.
Ms Pumphrey told Seven News there had been one positive outcome from the drama.
"A lot of us are very close now....considering the situation we've been through"
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