A Jetstar flight from Sydney to Bali was forced to divert to Melbourne after a crack appeared in the cockpit windshield.
The plane was flying over the Northern Territory at about 5pm yesterday, about three hours after taking off from Sydney airport, when the pilot noticed a small crack.
The flight was then diverted to Melbourne and landed safely at Tullarmarine at 10.30pm.
A Jetstar spokesperson told Nine.com.au that while the plane’s structure was not compromised, the flight turned back because of “safety”.
“The captain of flight JQ37, travelling from Sydney to Denpasar, made the decision to divert the flight to Melbourne after he noticed a crack in the cockpit windscreen.
“While there was no impact to the structural integrity of the aircraft at any time, the decision was made to return to Melbourne as a precaution where the windscreen could fixed quickly, to prevent further delays.”
Some travellers on the flight expressed concerns why the aircraft was not diverted to the closer Darwin airport.
Jetstar says Melbourne was the nearest airport where the necessary repairs could be made.
Passengers were provided alternative accommodation in Melbourne and alternative flights were organised.
The plane is undergoing repairs. MSN