Cockpit Fire Upsets Jetstar Engineers

Australian engineers union says downed aircraft's last major maintenance check occurred at "cheap overseas facilities."


Australian aircraft engineers have blasted Jetstar and Qantas for using cheap maintenance facilities overseas after a Jetstar plane's cockpit caught fire and forced an emergency landing in Guam early this morning.

The engineers union has disputed claims by Jetstar management that the aircraft had been maintained in Australia, saying its last major maintenance check occurred in the Philippines.

The Jetstar A330-200 aircraft — flight JQ 20 — left Osaka's Kansai International Airport for the Gold Coast just before 11pm (AEST) yesterday carrying 186 adult passengers, four infants, and 13 crew, including nine cabin crew and four pilots.

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