Water leak turns Qantas plane aisle into a river during flight

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A Qantas flight turned back an hour into its journey due to a water leak that flooded the aisle.

The Airbus A380 was travelling from Los Angeles to Melbourne, a gruelling flight of about 15 hours.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the leak was from a pipe in the business class cabin on the upper deck.

The water also entered the economy cabin through the roof.

Thankfully, that river was just drinking water, reported.

Community actress Yvette Nicole Brown, who was on the flight, tweeted about the incident.


The plane landed shortly after 8pm on Tuesday.

Qantas released a statement saying: "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. 

"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."

Sources: Qantas, Sydney Morning Herald,, LA Times, Mail Online

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