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Qantas flight lands safely in Sydney after Mayday alert triggers emergency

Qantas flight lands safely in Sydney after Mayday alert triggers emergency

There have been ‘reports of an engine failure’, Australian (representative) media said


Ambulance services were called to Sydney Airport on Wednesday afternoon to encounter an incoming Qantas aircraft which had issued an in-flight Mayday alert.

The flight – QF144 – was carrying more than 100 passengers from New Zealand, an ambulance spokeswoman said.

The plane, a Boeing 737-800, appeared to land safely at Sydney Airport before coming to rest on the runway, television footage from public broadcaster ABC showed.

NSW Ambulance earlier said they were on standby at the airport – as part of their ’emergency activation’ plans – after the plane made a distress call while flying over the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand.

“Paramedics have been called,” an ambulance services spokeswoman added as flight QF144 from Auckland approached the airport.

Several Australian media reported that the aircraft issued the Mayday alert after encountering problems with one of its engines.

The Boeing 737-800 is a twin-engine aircraft and capable of landing safely with one engine.

According to the Australian government’s aviation regulator, a distress call “indicates that an aircraft is in grave and imminent danger and requires immediate assistance”.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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