Aviation

Jetstar flight to Bali forced to turn back over windscreen crack

A Jetstar flight was forced to turn back after the pilot noticed a crack in the plane’s windscreen.

The flight was travelling from Sydney to Denpasar when the pilot made the discovery about three hours into the eight-hour flight.

A Jetstar spokesperson told Travel Weekly the pilot made the decision to divert the flight to Melbourne.

“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 be fixed quickly, to prevent further delays,” the spokesperson said.

The plane landed safely at Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport, where the airline’s engineering hub is located, at around 10:30pm, almost six hours after taking off from Sydney, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

“Passengers were provided overnight accommodation in Melbourne and we’re arranging an alternative flight to ensure they resume their journey as soon as possible,” the spokesperson said.

“We sincerely apologise to our customers for the delay.”

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