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Rain on a plane: Water leak forces flight to turnaround

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:44 a.m. HST, Jul 02, 2014

LOS ANGELES >> Water flowed down the aisles and rained down on passengers of a double-decker Qantas Airways flight bound for Australia after a leak that forced the plane to return to Los Angeles late Tuesday, airline officials and passengers on the flight said.

The flight to Melbourne landed safely again at Los Angeles International Airport about an hour after takeoff, the company said in a statement.

Qantas said there were no safety concerns with the leak and that the captain decided to turn the Airbus A380 around in the interest of passenger comfort.

Water ran down stairs in the cabin and dripped onto passengers seated in the lower deck. Some people were moved to dryer areas of the plane.

"You couldn't keep going like that for 15 hours," passenger Ken Cross told KABC-TV.

Passengers were put up at a hotel as other flight arrangements were made.

The 11:40 p.m. flight was carrying about 400 passengers, LAX spokeswoman Amanda Parsons told The Associated Press.

Qantas says the plane's crew did all it could to help customers and that the issue with the plane was being addressed by its engineers.

The company said it was working to determine the cause of the leak.

The A380 is a massive four-engine jet with two decks of passenger seating. The planes first flew to the United States in 2007.

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loquaciousone wrote:
No safety concerns? A boat has to be water tight but an airplane has to be air tight. Water is thicker than air. If water can get in, then so can air.
on July 2,2014 | 09:00AM
2NDC wrote:
Airplanes' aren't "airtight". There are vent holes to allow for air pressure to equalize.
on July 2,2014 | 09:43AM
HanabataDays wrote:
Huh you guys? Airplane cabins are pressure vessels at flight altitude; you don't want the pressure to equalize. If there were vents -- air would leak out anyway, not in. This water must've come from inside the pressurized compartment somewhere. Let's hope it was colorless!
on July 2,2014 | 12:14PM
SueH wrote:
The water had to come from somewhere WITHIN the aircraft, as these planes cruise much higher than the freezing level where no water is present in the atmosphere because it freezes out. I wonder if the water was blue?? That would be the blue water from the toilets!!! Yuck!
on July 2,2014 | 10:47AM
cojef wrote:
Yuck multiple times. How are they going to clean up the mess if it is toilet water. Sanitizing as well as deodorizing the ceiling and walls on the lower deck would surely pose some problems for maintenance/cleanup crew. Wonder what else could have been the problem? Can't or suspect any other source of the leakage. Was on a Varig Airlines plane where toilet water leaked into passenger compartment on a flight from Japan over 25 years ago. Flight attendants laid many blankets on the floor to absorb the liquid from flowing down the both aisles. Luckily the flight was 3/4 completed.
on July 2,2014 | 11:22AM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
Scarebus 380
on July 2,2014 | 11:40AM
Wazdat wrote:
Sounds like a JOKE for that plane. so many issues
on July 2,2014 | 11:47AM
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