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One of the passengers on the Qantas flight 72, Oddivigh Forbes, has told ABC Radio it was terrifying.
"It happened without any warning," he said.
"I was half asleep and I suddenly realised that we were falling and people were hitting the ceiling of the plane and there was quite a bit of damage actually."
AIR safety investigators say there was an "irregularity" in the onboard computer equipment of a Qantas plane involved in a mid-air incident between Singapore and Perth.
The aircraft then climbed about 300 feet (100m) before "abruptly" pitching nose down.
A COMPUTER glitch caused a Qantas jet to climb before nose diving over Western Australia, injuring dozens of passengers, air safety investigators say.
The same plane suffered a mechanical problem at Changi Airport last month.
The plane had a “fuel pump reset” before beginning a September 17 flight, a Qantas spokesman told news.com.au
THERE is no evidence to suggest the use of mobile phones or laptops was the cause of the latest Qantas safety incident, investigators say.
But the Australian Transport Safety Bureau has discounted suggestions the use of mobile phones and laptops interfered with the plane's onboard computer equipment. "There is no evidence, at this stage, to indicate that the use of portable electronic devices by passengers contributed to the event," bureau spokesman Julian Walsh said in Canberra today.
Flaps wouldn't cause this. If the slats were deployed (which after a couple of MD-11 accidents that caused critical injuries most aircraft were designed so they couldn't on accident) then the plane would have begun oscilations where it would pitch up, then down, then back up again, but it wouldn't just drop like this.