Qantas is hit by another blow as the plane bogs down on the tarmac

Struggling Qantas is hit with another blow as a plane bogs down on the tarmac after landing – and it will be there ‘for DAYS’

  • The aircraft landed normally before the pilot rolled onto a grassy strip and became stuck
  • Engineers have been called in to free the plane – which could be stuck for days
  • Planes continue to fly in and out of the airport, flying around the stranded plane

A Qantas plane is bogged down on the tarmac at Rockhampton Airport after becoming stuck when the pilot guided it over soft ground on landing.

The Boeing 717 landed normally at Rockhampton Airport in Queensland on Monday evening.

However, as he scoured the tarmac to scout, he got stuck in the mud.

The passengers were able to disembark normally but it is feared that the plane will now be blocked for several days.

A picture shows the rear wheels of the plane stuck in a strip of grass which is on the tarmac at Rockhampton Airport.

As the airport is located on a floodplain and has suffered several floods, the strip of grass is believed to have become soft due to recent rains.

A Qantas plane is stranded at Rockhampton Airport after its wheel got stuck on a lawn

According to Mail Mail, a bulldozer was used to clear space for the plane on Wednesday. Engineers were called for help.

Planes continue to fly in and out of the airport, flying around the stranded plane.

Australia’s Transport Safety Board said it was gathering more information before deciding whether to investigate.

Qantas has been approached for comment.

This is the latest blow to Qantas after it was previously revealed that more than half of Qantas and Virgin passengers had their flights delayed or completely canceled last week, in a seven-day horror for both Airlines companies.

Qantas canceled 6.7% of domestic flights with 44% on-time, while Virgin doubled its rival airline’s cancellations to 14.7% and only 43% of flights departing on time.

A Qantas spokesperson said inclement weather on Australia’s east coast was the main driver of delays and cancellations, which were further exacerbated by staff sick with flu and Covid-19.

“It’s been quite a difficult week,” a Qantas spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia.

“We appreciate how frustrating flight cancellations and delays are for customers facing extreme weather conditions in NSW and a spike in Covid cases for operating crew impacting flight schedules. airlines over the past week.”

On-time performance for Qantas and Virgin hit an all-time high after more than half of all domestic flights in the first week of July were delayed or canceled (pictured, passengers waiting at Sydney Airport in Sydney, Australia)

On-time performance for Qantas and Virgin hit an all-time high after more than half of all domestic flights in the first week of July were delayed or canceled (pictured, passengers waiting at Sydney Airport in Sydney, Australia)

Figures compiled by airlines showed Qantas canceled 6.7% of flights and had an on-time performance of 44%, while Virgin had a cancellation rate of 14.7% with an on-time rate of 43% ( photo, Sydney Airport Domestic Terminal)

Figures compiled by airlines showed Qantas canceled 6.7% of flights and had an on-time performance of 44%, while Virgin had a cancellation rate of 14.7% with an on-time rate of 43% ( photo, Sydney Airport Domestic Terminal)

Qantas said 85% of domestic flights departed less than an hour after the scheduled time as the airline used extra crew it had on standby and larger planes for some flights.

Virgin apologized to customers who had been affected by delayed or canceled flights.

“We are working tirelessly to ensure that all passengers reach their final destination,” the airline said.

“We know that the number of Covid-19 cases is rising again, there is a record number of flu cases, and this is on top of the usual winter sickness the community is experiencing, we are not immune. the impact of this and we are not the only company experiencing the unintended ripple effects of the rise in disease in the wider community.

‘There have also been a number of weather events primarily in NSW and this comes at a time when airports and airlines around the world are also experiencing huge demand and challenges as travelers return to the sky as pandemic restrictions ease.

“The number of travelers traveling with us during these school holidays has increased by 15% compared to 2019 levels, which is significantly higher than the recent Easter holiday period.”