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Perth to Melbourne Qantas flight diverted to Adelaide during storm

A flight from Perth to Melbourne has been forced to land in South Australia due to a thunderstorm which is causing flight chaos in the city.

Flight QF476 departed Perth at 10.32am and was due to land at 5.05pm Victorian time (2.05pm, WA time).

The pilot was forced to turn around less than an hour away from Melbourne.The pilot was forced to turn around less than an hour away from Melbourne.
Camera IconThe pilot was forced to turn around less than an hour away from Melbourne. Credit: Flight Radar

However, less than hour from its scheduled arrival, the pilot was forced to turn the Boeing 737 around and land in Adelaide.

A Qantas spokesman said passengers were waiting at the airport until conditions improved.

“Once operations resume in Melbourne customers will be sent on their way on an alternative flight,” he said.

The flight was one of at least a dozen which were delayed or diverted due to the storm, which started about 5pm local time.

This morning, several flights to and from Melbourne were cancelled or delayed due to a smoke haze and windy conditions.

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