Around 180 Victorian scouts have been left stranded in Los Angeles after their Qantas flight to Melbourne was cancelled.
On Monday, Qantas Flight 94 – a regular service operating between Melbourne Airport and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – was cancelled because of a mechanical issue.
A Qantas spokesperson told Travel Weekly this was specifically due to an “engineering issue” that related to a “panel on one of the aircraft’s wings”.
This left hundreds of passengers due to fly out on the Airbus a380 stranded at LAX overnight, including a group of some 180 Victorian scouts, according 9 News.
The group are reportedly among 300 Victorian and 500 other Australian scouts who spent two weeks at the 24th World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia in the US.
But the Victorian scouts weren’t caught idle as they made clear with a video posted to Scouts Victoria’s Facebook page showing the group imitating a rowing team on a moving walkway.
A separate post by the group yesterday said that they were still working with Qantas to finalise their flight details and that everyone is in “excellent spirits” and “enjoying American pizza”.
The group were reportedly due to fly out Monday and would have arrived in Melbourne on Tuesday morning.
A Qantas spokesperson told Travel Weekly that passengers had been transferred onto Tuesday’s QF94, while others will be flown out tonight.
There have also been unconfirmed reports that Monday’s cancellation came after QF94 was cancelled on the weekend, also due to a “mechanical issue”.
Travel Weekly has contacted Qantas for comment regarding this.