A Qantas flight from Brisbane to Townsville has had to divert to Rockhampton due to a cabin pressure problem.

QF974 took off from Brisbane at 2pm AEST yesterday and was due to arrive in Townsville just before 4pm.

Flight tracking shows the Boeing 737 descended from 40,000 to 10,000 feet just before 3pm.

Passengers were told to wear their oxygen masks as the pilot took the plane to a lower altitude.

Passenger Lynn Holler says the crew handled the situation well.

"[It] went down quite calmly. There wasn't any great drop or anything - everybody was fine, nobody panicked as far as I could see."

Fellow passenger Warren Townrow says he was not overly concerned.

"The captain came over the loudspeaker and said 'I'm stopping the service and everyone fasten your seatbelts'," he said.

"And all the oxygen masks fell out from the compartment above and then we just flew around for a while and everyone was calm there was no panic or anything like that - the staff were fantastic."

The plane touched down safely in Rockhampton this afternoon and will be checked by engineers.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau says the aircraft landed in Rockhampton due to a cabin pressure issue.

Qantas is yet to confirm why it diverted.

Passengers are now waiting to see when they can continue their journey.

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