21 Oct '11, 1am

Qantas flight forced to turn back to Darwin

SYDNEY: An Alice Springs-bound Qantas flight was forced to turn back to Darwin Friday after its undercarriage failed to retract, but the airline denied reports that the cargo door popped open after take-off. The airline, which is locked in heated talks with pilots, engineers and baggage handlers on wages and conditions, said the plane carrying 115 passengers landed safely. "There was no emergency. The landing gear couldn't retract," A Qantas spokeswoman said. "The aircraft landed safely. There were no safety issues at any time and no issues with the cargo door." The Australian Broadcasting Corporation quoted a Northern Territory politician on the flight as saying the cargo door opened just after take-off. "When we heard the first noise of something that clearly was different from a normal plane flight, I turned to one of my colleagues next to me and said, well, clearly som...

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