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09 January 2008 :: 14:01:02 pm 25480

Qantas 747 loses power on landing at Suvarnabhumi airport

9 January 2008 , A Qantas 747 with 300 passengers onboard has lost power during its landing in Thailand. The airline today confirmed that a Qantas flight on Monday was forced to switch to backup battery power following the loss of supply.
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Qantas said that the Boeing 747-400 was on approach to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport when fifteen minutes before its scheduled landing, the flight deck and cabin lost its supply of power.

The pilots were then forced to use the aircraft’s entire back-up batteries to restore basic services prior to the landing.

Qantas said that it had reported the incident to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

The aircraft is now in Bangkok receiving an engineering and safety assessment.

The reported incident comes as the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) is due to launch industrial action against the airline, amid a breakdown of talks over a pay dispute between Qantas and its engineers.

The union claims Qantas has only offered 3%, with the ALAEA calling for at least 5%, and an improvement to working conditions.

Qantas says the strike will not disrupt the airlines’ operation, with strike action now postponed until Friday.

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HEAVY FOG TEMPORARILY DISRUPTS SUVARNABHUMI TRAFFIC

SAMUT PRAKAN, Jan 9  Heavy fog disrupted air traffic at Suvarnabhumi International airport Wednesday morning, forcing aircraft to land at other airports.

Serirat Prasutanond, Suvarnabhumi airport director, said heavy fog, suddenly formed when heating weather rapidly passed over cool temperature, blanketed Suvarnabhumi and its environs at 7am Wednesday.

“The fog cut visibility. An international airliner had to land at Chiang Mai International airport instead, while three domestic flights landed at Don Mueang and Utapao airport,” Mr. Serirat said.

The fog lifted about an hour later, dissipating and allowing flights to resume normal landing as normal.

The airport director said it is necessary to closely monitor weather changes to ensure security for both aircraft and passengers.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Tourism News

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