Qantas Plane Returns to Bangkok With Fuel Problem

A Qantas Boeing 747 was forced to return to Bangkok after the plane suffered mid-air mechanical trouble on Tuesday evening.

Difficulties for the Sydney-bound flight developed approximately 30 minutes after the plane took off from Bangkok when one of the engines began "consuming fuel more quickly than normal," a Qantas spokesman tells The Daily Telegraph.

The plane was carrying 352 passengers and landed safely about 7pm local time.

"As far as possible we will try and get passengers who need to return to Sydney urgently on other flights but that will be dependent on availability on other airlines," says the spokesman, who told the news outlet no other replacements are available in Bangkok through Qantas.

The incident happened just hours after a Qantas jet dropped 26,000 feet due to an air conditioning problem that caused depressurization.

The Australian airline has had string of problems since November, when a flight from Singapore to Sydney was forced to make an emergency landing after one of the plane's engines exploded, causing the airline to ground all A380s. Just last week, a plane bound for New York was diverted to Fiji after a 747 experienced a fuel valve problem.

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