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Bad smell cancels Sydney flight : thewest.com.au
Bad smell cancels Sydney flight
19th February 2008, 16:24 WST
A bad smell caused a Sydney-bound Qantas flight to be cancelled, leaving stranded passengers to spend the night in Perth's domestic airport.
A Qantas spokeswoman said flight QF566 to Sydney was cancelled on Monday night because of a "recurring issue of odour detected in the cabin".
"Engineers worked to rectify the problem, but once it was apparent that this would not be possible in the short term, we had no alternative but to cancel the flight," the spokeswoman said.
Accommodation could not be found for all the passengers, the spokeswoman said.
"Passengers were provided with refreshments and everything was done to keep them informed of the situation," the spokeswoman said.
"Accommodation was found for some of our passengers but, unfortunately, we could not secure accommodation for all of our passengers.
"The vast majority of passengers have been re-booked on other services today, and we are working hard to ensure all passengers are re-accommodated today."
Qantas regretted any inconvenience to its passengers, the spokeswoman said.
Angry passengers accused Qantas of leaving them in the dark.
"I felt like refugees, there were no announcements, anything we wanted to know, we had to line up at least an hour for," passenger Rebecca Watson told Ten News.