Dirty Diaper Causes Emergency Landing

Dirty Diaper Causes Emergency Landing

Mount Isa – A small airport in Queensland, Australia made headlines in February 2012 after a Qantas 767 jet was forced to make an emergency landing due to a suspicious odour on-board. Qantas flight 825 was enroute from Darwin to Brisbane when passengers and crew complained of a “strange smell” wafting from the front of the cabin.  Qantas procedures dictate that the plane land as soon as possible.  Being a small airport, Mount Isa didn’t even have stairs high enough to reach the aircraft door, so passengers had to be removed from the plane in a cage by a forklift, five at a time, in a process that took two hours.  A replacement plane had to be sent while the smelly jet was inspected.  In the end, rather than finding a security threat or damaged mechanical bits, officials found a dirty diaper that had been stuck in one of the plane’s toilets.

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