A Jetstar Airbus A320-200, registration VH-VQL performing flight JQ-772 from Melbourne, VI to Adelaide, SA (Australia), was climbing out of Melbourne’s runway 27 when an odour developed in the cabin causing two flight attendants to increasingly feel unwell. The flight crew decided to stop the climb at FL240 and return to Melbourne for a safe landing on runway 16 about 35 minutes after departure. The two flight attendants were taken to a hospital.
The airline reported the two flight attendants were taken to a hospital for observation. The odour potentially came from some cleaning product, it remains unclear however what caused the sickness of the flight attendants.
A replacement A321-200 registration VH-VWZ reached Adelaide with a delay of 4.5 hours.