Qantas jet nosedives for 'terrifying' 10 seconds after encountering turbulence from another aircraft

A Qantas flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne was forced to make a 10 second nosedive because of turbulence from another plane, leaving passengers "terrified".

Melbourne, Australia - November 19, 2012: Qantas Airways Airbus A380 registered VH-OQF takes off as QF93 to Los Angeles (LAX) from Melbourne International Airport at Tullamarine, Victoria.
Qantas plane (file picture). Source: istock.com

The incident happened over the Pacific Ocean on flight QF94 earlier this week.

The flight was affected by turbulence from another Qantas plane - flight QF12 - as the two jets took off just minutes apart, Nine News reports.

"It was an absolute sense of losing your stomach and that we were nosediving," passenger Janelle Wilson told The Australian.

"The lady sitting next to me and I screamed and held hands and just waited but thought with absolute certainty that we were going to crash. It was terrifying."

Qantas' Fleet Safety Captain Debbie Slade says the plane are designed to handle the turbulence.

"We understand that any sudden turbulence can be a jolt for passengers but aircraft are designed to handle it safely," Ms Slade said in a statement today.

"As the Captain explained to passengers at the time, this A380 experienced a short burst of wake turbulence from another A380 flying ahead and above it."

Nine News reports it's understood Qantas have not reported the incident to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.



More than 500 pieces of sandpaper banned at Australia-England cricket match

More than 5000 pieces of sandpaper were banned from the Oval as the ODI series between England and Australia got off to a predictable start in the wake of the ball tampering scandal.

English fans handed out the pieces of sandpaper, which were branded "4" and "6", to spectators at several spots around the London ground.

Organiser and local entrepreneur Mark Skred had hoped it would be taken in good fun but didn't realise security were banning them before spectators entered the Oval, news.com.au reports. 

"I had one Aussie give me a bit of stick, but it was all in good fun," he said.

Australia went on to lose the match, the first since captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and Cameron Bancroft had been banned for ball tampering, by three wickets. 

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 13:  Cricket fans wave sandpaper four cards at Ashton Agar of Australia during the 1st Royal London ODI match between England and Australia at The Kia Oval on June 13, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Some fans managed to get sandpaper cards into the Oval. Source: Getty

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British Airways pilot jailed after being found drunk in cockpit before take-off

An airline pilot who went to work drunk has been jailed for eight months in the UK.

Julian Monaghan, a former pilot for British Airways, was arrested on January 18 of this year after a technician smelled alcohol on his breath as he prepared a Boeing 777 for take off on a flight that was scheduled to travel from London to Mauritius.

The former pilot was was removed from the cockpit in handcuffs past passengers that had already boarded.

Monaghan was sentenced to eight months in prison at Lewes Crown Court yesterday.

During sentencing Judge Janet Waddicor said airline passengers are "entitled to feel that they are safe" on flights the BBC reports.

British Airways planes (File picture).
British Airways planes (File picture). Source: istock.com