Aviation

Qantas aircraft door almost ripped off during maintenance mishap

Christian Fleetwood

Christian Fleetwood

The door of a Qantas A380 has almost been ripped off its axes during maintenance in Sydney, which saw services cancelled.

A Sydney to Dallas, United States service on board the world’s largest passenger aircraft, an Airbus A380, was forced to cancel on Saturday afternoon, after the door of the Qantas-operated jet was damaged during scheduled maintenance at Sydney Airport.

The incident reportedly occurred when the plane struck scaffolding while undergoing routine maintenance.

“The aircraft door sustained some damage inside the hangar during scheduled maintenance,” a Qantas spokesman told Travel Weekly. “We’re working to minimise impacts to our customers and we apologise for any delays.”

He added that the airline expects the aircraft to return to service “soon”.

The incident came just before Qantas revealed ambitious environmental sustainability targets for the next 30 years.

On Monday, Qantas announced it plans to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The airline said that, from now, it will double the number of its flights being carbon offset, cap net emissions from 2020 onwards, and invest $50 million over 10 years to help develop a sustainable aviation fuel industry.

According to Qantas, these targets are the most ambitious set by any airline group globally.

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