Friday, April 26

Qantas passengers treated for heat exposure

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SYDNEY: Soaring cabin temperatures meant 50 passengers and crew had to be treated for heat stress yesterday on a Qantas domestic flight in Australia, after a problem with the air-conditioning. The flight was heading from Sydney to the Australian island of Lord Howe, a journey of around two hours, but was forced to turn back.

“QantasLink flight QF2260 travelling from Sydney to Lord Howe returned to Sydney due to a technical issue with the air-conditioning system,” a Qantas spokeswoman said in a statement.

“Passengers and crew are being treated for heat exposure at the airport and two passengers were taken to hospital.” Paramedics were called to Sydney Airport to meet the flight and assess around 50 passengers and crew for dehydration, the New South Wales Ambulance Service said. — AFP