Qantas Flight 1

Qantas Flight 1

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Qantas Flight 1 (QF1, QFA1) is the flight number of the flagship Sydney to London route of Australia's Qantas, travelling via Bangkok. On 23 September 1999 a Boeing 747-438 jumbo jet overran the runway while landing in heavy rain for a stop over in Bangkok.


Qantas flights travel between London and Australia on a route known as the "Kangaroo Route". The Kangaroo Route traditionally refers to air routes flown by Qantas between the countries of Australia and the United Kingdom, via the Eastern Hemisphere. This flight began in Sydney earlier that day at 1645 local time, and after more than eight hours flying was approaching Don Mueang International Airport at 2245 local time.


During the approach to Bangkok the weather conditions deteriorated significantly, from 8 km visibility half an hour before landing to 750 m at the time of landing. The flight crew observed a storm cloud over the airport and ground reports were that it was raining heavily. However these conditions were common at Bangkok. Seven minutes prior to landing a Thai Airways Airbus A330 landed normally, but three minutes before landing another Qantas aircraft (QF15, a Sydney-Rome via Bangkok service), a Boeing 747, conducted a "go around" due to poor visibility during final approach. The crew of Qantas Flight 1, however, were unaware of this.

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