Jetstar flight from Tokyo to Cairns diverts to Guam
A Jetstar flight carrying hundreds of passengers was forced to unexpectedly divert after the plane’s windshield was damaged.
Two hundred and twenty people returning from Tokyo stopped in Guam before returning to Cairns so that staff could repair some damage to the windshield.
Jetstar flight JQ26 from Tokyo to Cairns reached its destination at 5:40 a.m. on Thursday, about 24 hours after its scheduled arrival.
Jetstar Flight JQ26 was forced to make an emergency landing after a crack was discovered in the outer layer of its windshield during the flight
Passengers en route from Tokyo to Cairns had an unexpected stopover in Guam (pictured) while the plane organized a replacement flight
An airline spokesman confirmed the plane landed in Queensland after a replacement flight was arranged.
“We arranged hotel accommodations and meals for customers in Guam during the delay, and our captain and operations team worked closely with local authorities to arrange customs clearance and airport assistance,” the spokesman said.
“Safety is always our top priority.”
Airplanes are designed to deal with such problems, allowing pilots to calmly change course to land and solve the problem.
The spokesman said only the outer layer of the Boeing 787 was damaged.