UPDATE | Engineer flown in to assess Qantas plane engine

UPDATE 5.20PM: 

AN "air system fault" grounded a Qantas plane in Gladstone for five and a half hours past its initial scheduled departure time today.

The plane was suppose to depart at 8am, but left at 1.30pm this afternoon.

But a Qantas spokeswoman couldn't elaborate on what specific part was faulty, only saying it was part of the engine.

An engineer was flown to Gladstone to help replace the part. 

The Observer is still waiting to hear what part needed replacing.

UPDATE 12.17PM

The engineer has arrived on a flight into Gladstone and "will be assessing the aircraft", passengers have just heard over the loud speaker.

"Once he has assessed the aircraft we will have more on a departure time for you," they said.

The flight - that was due to leave Gladstone at 8am - is currently expected to leave at 1.30pm.

EARLIER 

An engineer is being flown in to look at a Qantas link plane that was due to leave Gladstone this morning.

Passengers who were supposed to catch the flight that was scheduled to leave around 8am are still at the airport waiting.

The Observer understands an engineer is being flown in from Brisbane, although we are still to confirm this with QantasLink or the Gladstone Airport.

An engineer has been flown in to assess the engine on this Qantas plane.
An engineer has been flown in to assess the engine on this Qantas plane.

We understand the engineer will do an assessment of the plane's engine.

It was said over the loud speaker that an update would then be provided to those passengers.



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