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Water pipe bursts on Qantas flight over the Pacific

What's the deal with airplane malfunctions these days?

Earlier this week, the evacuation slide inflated on a US Airways flight to California, forcing the pilots to make an emergency landing in Kansas.

And last night, an hour into a Qantas flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia, a water pipe burst and flooded the cabin floor. While the leaked drinking water -- which was stored in the cabin's roof -- allegedly didn't present a threat to flight safety or to passengers, Flight QF94 returned to LAX.

As would be expected, the water appears to have leaked mostly on Economy passengers, leaving First Class untouched. Go figure.


Qantas cabin crew responded as trained, doing "everything they could to help customers, including moving them to unaffected areas and providing spare blankets so they could stay dry", according to the airline's release.

Here's a fun celebrity sighting -- Community actress Yvette Nicole Brown was on the plane!


Regrettably, it seems no one took the opportunity to water slide down the plane's aisle, which was instead covered with sopping-wet blankets.

Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. Yes, that's a British accent. No, she doesn't watch Doctor Who. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.