Passengers sitting over the engine of Qantas flight QF93 were asked to look out their window to check the engine before the pilot decided to divert the Melbourne to Los Angeles flight to Sydney.
Jess McCallum, who was travelling to an Anime exhibition, told News Corp the row in front of her had been approached by flight crew about an hour in to the flight.
‘A staff member came over toward our row and asked the people in front if they would mind if they had a look at the engine outside the window,’ she said.
‘He then rushed off and we didn’t hear anything for a while.’
Jess McCallum (pictured right), a passenger on QF93, says people sitting in the row in front of her were asked to look out the window at the engine before crew rushed off
Qantas flight QF93 was supposed to fly from Melbourne to Los Angeles on Thursday but was forced to divert to Sydney when crew discovered an engine oil leak
It was after the passengers had looked at the engine, which suffered an oil leak, that the pilot made the choice to divert the plane to Sydney, leaving passengers sitting on the plane for three hours while the issue was attended to.
Ms McCallum said on Twitter that the airline had done a ‘great job handling the situation’, and appeared nonplussed about the delay.
A spokesman for the airline confirmed flight QF93 would be stopping on Tuesday morning, but clarified the situation was not an emergency.
The flight was about an hour in when ‘flight crew noticed a loss of engine oil’, the spokesperson said.
‘This required the engine to be set to idle.
‘The captain made the decision to land in Sydney to have the fault fixed rather than continuing on the 14 hour flight. Our engineers will inspect the aircraft.
‘We apologise to passengers for the interruption to their journey but safety is always our first priority. Our focus is now getting them on their way as soon as possible.’
The plane (pictured) is expected to arrive in Los Angeles about four hours later than initially scheduled
The plane sat on the tarmac for about three hours while minor repairs were made, and departed just before 4pm.
It is expected to arrive in Los Angeles about four hours later than initially scheduled.
Qantas refused to reveal the amount of passengers aboard the diverted flight, but said the plane could hold up to 484 passengers and described it as ‘busy’. ‘
The flight landed safely at 1.07pm after circling around Sydney for an hour to dump fuel, and met with emergency services on the tarmac, as is protocol.
‘The aircraft is holding off the coast of Sydney,’ the spokesman said earlier on Thursday.
‘There’s been an indicator light on in the cockpit, and the captain has made the decision to divert the flight.
‘The plane is currently circling over Sydney but will land shortly.’
Flight radar from earlier shows the plane dumping fuel on the coast of Sydney in order to ensure a safe landing.
The flight took off just after 4pm on Wednesday, after landing about 1pm. Passengers stayed on board while the plane was attended to