Qantas Statement on QF68 Hong Kong-Perth Inflight Incident

Sydney, 22 June 2009

Qantas said today that the aircraft operating QF68 between Hong Kong and Perth overnight encountered severe turbulence over Borneo in Malaysia approximately 4 hours out of Hong Kong.

As a result, it is understood 6 passengers and 1 crew member have sustained minor injuries and are being treated on board. There were 206 passengers and 13 flight and cabin crew on the aircraft.

The aircraft is operating normally and, following medical advice, is proceeding to Perth. It is scheduled to land at around 7:30 local time.

The aircraft is an Airbus A330-300, and the incident has been reported to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), which will investigate.

There is no reason to link the incident to other recent inflight incidents involving A330 aircraft.

The aircraft was being flown by an experienced crew led by Captain Brett Flack.

The Captain has reported minor damage to 2 overhead panels in the cabin and 2 oxygen masks were dislodged.

A Qantas support team, along with medical personnel, will be at Perth Airport for the arrival of the flight.

Enquiries regarding passengers should be directed to:

* 1800 062 241 (in Australia); or
* +61 7 3238 7977 (worldwide).

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (3932)