Qantas chief defends airline on three unscheduled landings


QANTAS chief executive Alan Joyce on Tuesday defended the airline after it was forced to divert or turn around three planes in one day, saying that its record was better than most.

Three Qantas flights made unscheduled landings on Monday, including an A380 that was put into a controlled descent and requested a priority landing in Perth after its air-conditioning system malfunctioned.

Mr Joyce said that the reality was that "thousands upon thousands" of turn-backs happened to airlines each year...

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