SINGAPUR – The Scoot flight, carried by 341 passengers between Singapore and Gold Coasta, was forced to return to Changi Airport on Wednesday (January 30th).
Flight TR6, which was due to leave at 22.20 and raced around 10.35 on Tuesday, suffered damage to the outside of the windscreen during the flight.
It was decided that the plane would return to Singapore for about three hours in flight as a security measure, Scoot said in a statement.
There was no air leak or loss of pressure in the cabin, added a budget air carrier.
The replacement aircraft and the new crew set are organized to manage the service after returning to Singapore.
The original aircraft returned to Changi Airport at about 4.45 am, Scoot said. Replacement aircraft moved from Singapore to 6.56.
Due to the TR6 delay, the TR7 return flight from Gold Coasta to Singapore was postponed from scheduled departure Wednesday at 9.20am to 5.20pm.
Passengers who could miss their links to Singapore on Scoot or their airline partners, including Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and Virgin Australia, will be transferred to the next available flights, Scoot said.
In his statement Scoot said he was investigating the cause of windscreen damage.
"We are sorry for the disturbances caused by the travel plans of our customers," the airline said.
On Wednesday morning, Twitter user Karina Isaza tweeted a photo of a plane at several Australian media.
"So grateful to staff and crews who have safely returned us," she wrote.