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Australia's Qantas aircraft forced back to Sydney over strange smell

11-01-2012 10:29 BJT

SYDNEY, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) -- A Singapore-bound Qantas aircraft has been forced to return to Sydney overnight after a strange smell filled the cabin, local media reported on Thursday.

The Airbus A380 left Sydney on Wednesday evening but the captain made the decision to return to Sydney as a precaution only 30 minutes after take-off because of an unusual smell in the cabin.

The plane arrived in Sydney safely at about 8:10 p.m. (local time) on Wednesday.

Engineers are still examining the aircraft to find out the source of the smell, a spokesperson for the Australian airline Qantas said.

The 271 passengers on board were given hotel accommodation overnight and are expected to leave Sydney on another flight on Thursday morning.

"We're sorry for any inconvenience caused but we always put safety before schedule," the Qantas spokesman said.


Editor:Lu Jiaying |Source: Xinhua

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