A Qantas Airways Airbus A380 jet returned to Los Angeles International Airport about an hour after takeoff when a burst water pipe sent water down the aisles. The flight took off from LAX around 12:14 a.m. ET Wednesday, turning around about an hour later.
Qantas confirmed the incident on Qantas Flight 94, saying the Los Angeles-to-Melbourne flight “returned to L.A. about an hour after takeoff as there was a water leak on board the aircraft.”
Reports were that water ran down the aisle like a river, making its way down the stairs and dripped onto passengers seated in the lower deck.
In its statement, Qantas says “crew on board did everything they could to help customers, including moving them to unaffected areas and providing spare blankets so they could stay dry.”
“We’re also providing customers with hotel accommodation while the issue is being fixed by our engineers in Los Angeles. We apologise to customers for the inconvenience. There were no safety of flight concerns with the water leak, however the Captain decided to return to LA in the interests of passenger comfort. We are liaising with Airbus to understand what caused this fault.”