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Qantas water leak 'could have brought plane down'

A photo from within the plane showing the water leak on the Qantas flight. Photo: Seven News / Twitter
A photo from within the plane showing the water leak on the Qantas flight. Photo: Seven News / Twitter

A QANTAS flight has been forced to turn back to Los Angeles after a burst drinking water pipe flooded part of the cabin.

The plane was an hour into the flight from LA to Melbourne when it turned around, the ABC reported.

Images and video captured by passengers show water flowing down the aisles of the Airbus A-380 after the pipe burst.

Quantas released a statement, saying: "A flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne has returned to LA about an hour after take off as there was a water leak on board the aircraft.

"Crew on board did everything they could to help customers, including moving them to unaffected areas and providing spare blankets so they could stay dry.

"We're also providing customers with hotel accommodation while the issue is being fixed by our engineers in Los Angeles. We apologise to customers for the inconvenience.

"There were no safety of flight concerns with the water leak, however the Captain decided to return to LA in the interests of passenger comfort. We are liaising with Airbus to understand what caused this fault."

The Aircraft Engineers Association's Stephen Purvinas said it was a serious safety breach, the ABC reported.

"If it had of leaked down onto the electronic components it could have brought the thing down," he said.

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