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Fourth Qantas flight in two days hit by technical problems

A Qantas plane. File photo Image copyright AFP
Image caption Qantas insisted it had "really high reliability"

A fourth Qantas flight in two days has been forced to make an unscheduled landing due to technical problems.

The Boeing 717 from Hobart to Melbourne turned back about 20 minutes into its flight after an indicator light reportedly went off in the cockpit.

On Monday, three other Qantas planes - including a flight to the US - were either diverted or turned back because of a faulty warning system, unusual odour or passenger comfort issues.

Qantas played down the incidents.

"We have really high reliability," Qantas chief Alan Joyce said.

"We have really low levels of turn-backs compared with most of the world fleets," he said, adding that such events "happen all the time" around the globe.

Mr Joyce also apologised to customers who were affected by the disruptions.

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