Coronavirus forces Qantas to turn back to Sydney
Qantas operating a domestic sector from Sydney to Adelaide in Southern Australia was forced to turn back midway to Sydney as coronavirus was tested positive for baggage handlers at Adelaide Airport. The aircraft was turned around due to lack of baggage handlers at Adelaide Airport.
Qantas operated a B737-800 registered as VH-VXB from Sydney to Adelaide using the flight no QF741. The flight departed at 15:35 and turned back mid air around an hour into the flight and arrived at Sydney at around 18:00 local time.
A statement from Qantas said seven flights to and from Adelaide were affected due to lack of baggage handlers. Adding to it ” This includes one Sydney flight that was on its way to Adelaide which will return to Sydney and passengers will be provided with accommodation and put on alternative services tomorrow.”
An announcement inside the Adelaide Airport had said the flight was cancelled due to operational reasons. Chief Medical Officer Dr.Nicola Spurrier has told about 100 people who were working in the immediate area of the infected would be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
She added “Qantas has done an amazing job bringing people home internationally and also continuing to carry people around Australia in domestic flights.” She also advised passengers to give their luggage a wipe for those who have travelled in the last 24 hours.