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Virgin flight diverted as wing part comes loose

A Virgin Australia flight was diverted after a part of the wing appeared to come loose mid-air. 


The “engineering issue” occurred on a flight from Brisbane to Melbourne last night (Sunday), and forced the plane back to the Queensland capital, a Virgin Australia spokesperson said. 


A parked Virgin Australia plane (Image Mark Harada)


According to 9News, passenger Bill Mauger said he noticed the problem on the left wing 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 told


"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."


Mr Mauger, who was travelling with his wife, said he called over a flight attendant as soon as the seat-belt sign went off.


"I was waving to get her attention and she said, 'Yes, we've seen it, the captain is dealing with it.' She shut the conversation right down," he said. 


The VA spokesperson said the incident did not constitute a "safety issue", but "the Captain made the decision to conduct an air return so the aircraft could be inspected by our engineers as a precautionary measure".  



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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 20 January 2020

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