Virgin Airways has praised the efforts of flight crew – saying standard operating procedures were followed during yesterday’s emergency at Canberra Airport.
Virgin flight 6-3-3 – A small propeller drivern Saab aircraft operated by Fyshwick based Link Airways – took off yesterday morning, but as it lifted into the air, debris ripped through the cabinet of the aircraft.
A strap that was not removed from the propellar prior to take off smashed through the front section of the cabin.
The aircraft returned to Canberra airport 4 minutes later.
One person was taken to hospital with facial injuries.
Air Safety officials are now investigating the incident.
*(eds note: plane in photo is NOT the involved aircraft).