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January 18, 2008, 6:58 am
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Qantas B747-400 VH-OJI

Qantas has confirmed that one of it’s Boeing 747s flying from London to Thailand was forced to use a back-up system after losing electrical power.

Flight QF2, carrying more than 300 passengers, was 15 minutes away from landing in Bangkok on Monday when it lost all electrical power and was forced to use its back-up batteries.

The plane landed safely in Bangkok.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesman Peter Gibson says his organisation will investigate what he has described as a “highly unusual” incident.

Aircraft have many power backup systems so it’s very uncommon to lose them all“.

The incident comes as Qantas engineers are engaged in industrial action over pay increases and working conditions.

[Story edited from ABC News]


So a plane loses all it’s electrical systems at the same time engineers are in dispute with the company.


Oh I’m sure of it, but personally … and of course this is a completely independent view … I’d fly with these guys.

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You never know these days.

My boss is convinced that this kid:,23599,23067070-5015729,00.html

Is part of a youth branding stunt!

Comment by Age

I wouldn’t be too suprised if I learnt you were the leader of the airline engineering union and were provoking this situation for your clients benefit. 🙂

Comment by Pete

I think I should point out I’m not suggesting you would ever do anything illegal or put the lives of people in danger, I was attempting to be funny but it has come out like I’m claiming you’re a manipulating, blackmailing gangster.
That’s not you but it could refer to Andy 🙂

Comment by Pete

i like your theory rob.

are the british engineers going out in sympathy too – with the BA flight deciding to overshoot the mark at heathrow?

Comment by lauren

Why do planes keep failing just before I use one for the first time…

Comment by Dave Mortimer

Are you flying Virgin Dave?

Comment by Billy Whizz

Continental…but if they have any union disputes I’m taking a boat.

Comment by Dave Mortimer

‘cos boat crossing between the uk and the us have never killed anyone?

Comment by lauren

You can rest easy Dave because flying continues to be the safest way to travel thanks to the continued advancement of aeronautical design and the training, skill and commitment of all pilots.

Wherever you are going, I hope you have a wonderful time and enjoy the journey as much as the destination.

And for your information Robert, no company would ever wish the events that recently occurred in Bangkok and London to happen to a competitive airline. As you well know, both are incredibly rare and isolated incidents and to insinuate some sort of connection between the Qantas Bangkok episode and the industrial action currently being undertaken by their engineers is completely inappropriate.

You are a very naughty and mischievous boy Robert.

Comment by Lee Hill

For the next couple of weeks I’m happy to believe that between the UK and the US is some sort of Anti-Bermuda Triangle, where all forms of transport are automatically fixed, through the power of isosceles

Comment by Dave Mortimer

Consider me told.

You know I was just being cheeky – but I see how it may look, so feel free to order a pudding when I see you next week as a way of apology.

Comment by Rob

Following on from your advice to me on the other post, can I suggest you get a lawyer as well 🙂

Comment by Pete

Get a lawyer?

When you work with the sort of people as I do, you have one on staff.

Why else would I write posts like this, ha!

Comment by Rob

That’s utter rubbish Lee. You LOVE this post. Secretly you ADORE the post.

Comment by Marcus

David Mortimer, how can you ‘keep’ using planes for the first time?
What’s the secret, and does it mean I could get my virginity back?

Comment by np

Lee is taking the 5th on that Marcus.

Comment by Rob

Allegedly the same issue happened with the BA 777 that crash landed at Heathrow yesterday. Luckily no one was badly hurt.

Comment by Rob Mortimer

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