Virgin Australia Boeing 737 Flight VA346 Diverts After Part Of Wing Comes Loose Mid-Air
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January 19, 2020 - by Emily McPherson for 9news.com.au
Fliegerfaust note: The aircraft is a Boeing 737-8FE registered as VH-VOO serial number 33796 delivered on 2003-09-09
A passenger on board a Virgin Australia flight has described the disconcerting moment the lower flap on the plane's left-hand wing came loose and began whipping about in the wind.
The flight, which took off from Brisbane Airport for Melbourne just before 6pm yesterday, was diverted mid-air and redirected back to Brisbane due to an "engineering issue", a Virgin Australia spokesperson said.
Fliegerfaut note: See below the actual flight path
Virgin Australia Boeing 737 Flight VA346 Flight Path - via Flightradar24
Bill Mauger, who was on board the flight with his wife, told nine.com.au he was seated near the left-hand wing and noticed something was wrong soon after take-off."
As we were starting to get some altitude I looked over to the wing and it looked like there was something caught in it. It looked as though there was a bit of cardboard," he said.
Fliegerfaust note: See below this actual flight details, source Flightradar24.
"I thought that is a bit weird. But then I took a bit of a closer look and it was actually part of the wing peeling away."
It was quite a large chunk of wing flapping in the breeze."...
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