The Airbus A330-300, with 303 passengers and a crew of 10, struck what the airline described as a 'sudden change in altitude' north of its destination on Tuesday, Oct 7. The QF72 flight plane landed at Learmonth, about 40km from Exmouth, without any further incidents. It had been flying from Singapore and was headed for Perth.
The plane was travelling at 37,000 feet and 110 miles north of Carnarvon when the incident occurred.
The injured passengers and crew were later flown to Perth on five Royal Flying Doctor Service aircraft last night and transferred by ambulance to city hospitals. A second team of investigators is also now travelling to Learmonth to help unravel just what exactly happened.