Jetstar plane bound for Phuket turns back to Singapore due to 'ventilation issue'

A file photo of a Jetstar plane. Flight 3K535, which was bound for Phuket, landed safely back at Singapore's Changi Airport on Jan 22. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

SINGAPORE - A Jetstar plane bound for Phuket had to turn back to Singapore on Sunday (Jan 22) afternoon 25 minutes after take-off due to a "ventilation issue".

The Airbus A320-232 landed safely at 3.55pm at Changi Airport's Terminal 1, with no reports of injury. A Changi Airport spokesman confirmed that flight 3K535, which departed at 2.40pm, had requested to turn back and its request was granted.

Jetstar spokesman Robin Goh told The Straits Times the pilot decided for the aircraft to return to Singapore as a precautionary measure after there was an indication that the aircraft was experiencing a ventilation issue.

"The safety of our crew and customers is our top priority," said Mr Goh. "Jetstar apologies to customers for the inconvenience this has caused and has transferred all passengers on another aircraft to depart this evening."

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