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  • 3 July 2014, 15:19

Aisles Flooded As Qantas Plane Springs Leak

Passengers on board a double-decker Qantas A380 airline have spoken of their horror when a torrent of water poured down cabin aisles.

Travellers were settling down for the long-haul flight between Los Angeles and Melbourne when pipes began pouring fresh water into the cabin.

Hollywood actress Yvette Nicole Brown said the incident was "the scariest thing I have ever seen" and she feared the torrent would short-circuit the plane's electrics over the Pacific Ocean.

The star of the movie (500) Days of Summer was flying to Australia when the bizarre incident happened an hour into the journey.

The captain decided to turn the jet around and flew back to Los Angeles' LAX airport.

"It looked like a trickle at first and I thought someone had spilt a soda or pop or something and it just got bigger and bigger and it filled up both aisles," Ms Brown told CNN.

"It literally was like a river running down the aisles of the plane. It was the scariest thing I have ever seen."

The actress said she feared the plane could short out or passengers could be hurt.

"It seemed like a problem to me because it is water and electricity," she said.

"All I kept thinking about was, 'We are over the Pacific and I'm in something that is full of electricity and there is water.'

"The other thing was it was a double-decker plane so I was wondering where the water was going because it flowed by us.

"But I'm thinking there's people below us.

"There's a staircase behind us and sure enough it became a downpour for them."

Qantas says at no point was passenger safety compromised and the jet turned back for the comfort of those on board.

The flight from LA to Australia is 15.5 hours, one of the longest scheduled non-stop flights.

Passengers were offered hotel accommodation in LA while the issue was resolved.

One traveller, Susanna Halliday, tweeted pictures of her sodden seat and of blankets mopping up water on the plane's staircase.

She posted: "After being rained on during my #Qantas flight I'm in one of the worst hotels I've ever stayed at in my life. No sleep for the weary."

The airline said in a statement: "Crew on board did everything they could to help customers, including moving them to unaffected areas and providing spare blankets so they could stay dry."

"We apologise to customers for the inconvenience.

"We are liaising with Airbus to understand what caused this fault."

Brown, although scared, was full of praise for Qantas flight and gate crews, describing them as "awesome".

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