Qantas: Rats on a Plane!

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Qantas grounded a Brisbane-bound flight from Sydney Wednesday evening after flight attendants discovered five stowaway rats awaiting liftoff in the plane's emergency medical equipment, cuddling up with a defibrillator, MSNBC reports.

Qantas said that it did not know how the rats got there, but that Sydney Airport staff had killed them.

Engineers inspected the Boeing 767 for any damage, specifically for gnawed wiring. The plane was expected to be back in service again.

The vermin news comes on the heels of Wednesday's public relations fiasco for Qantas, which was forced to divert a flight on the airline's new nonstop Brisbane to Dallas route to the tiny Pacific Island nation of New Caledonia, calling into question the feasibility of the much-publicized new flightpath.

A series of mishaps had already made this an eventful year for Qantas: In January a Sydney to Los Angeles flight was diverted to Fiji due to an engine problem. A week later, a flight from Adelaide to Melbourne lost pressure and dropped 26,000 feet, leaving passengers gasping.

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Patricia,,,,,

Never a dull moment at Qantas huh....

June 03 2011 at 11:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hfdlt66

If you have been listening to Pets Teach Us So Much TPPCTV on Blog Talk Radio you would know about these Hood Rats.

June 03 2011 at 10:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rogeriox

Some of these airplanes are 30 years old or more,
they miss plenty rivets.

June 03 2011 at 9:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Koz

Quantas is using the new double deck Airbus for these long flights, maybe the problem is the plane.

June 03 2011 at 8:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rogeriox

Very funny!!!
http://www.xmarksthescot.com/forum/f105/airline-mechanics-checklist-14563/

June 03 2011 at 7:54 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
rogeriox

Rats on the plane are cool, Quantas is the same people that say theres no shortage of rivets
in the fuselage of a airplane.

June 03 2011 at 7:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michele

If this was a joke I'd be laughing but considering the maggots found on another flight some years ago I'm wondering when the snakes are going to appear like in the Hollywood movie...
We are so concerned, as a Nation, with cleanliness that things like that blows us away and yet they know now at least in the USA how to get rid of vermin on board Cruise ships...
Thank God they were dead.
Michele

June 03 2011 at 5:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
epicurean0

I put Quantas up there with Singapore Airlines. But, they sure have had a bad year.

June 02 2011 at 11:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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