SYDNEY: An Etihad Airways flight travelling from Abu Dhabi to Sydney has made an emergency landing at Australia’s Adelaide Airport after a warning indicator activated in the cockpit early on Saturday.
Crew on board Etihad flight EY450 landed the plane at 5 am local time (1830 GMT) on a taxiway at Adelaide Airport, in the state of South Australia.
The Boeing 777 passenger jet had 349 passengers aboard who were disembarked via emergency exits, according to local online news service Adelaide Advertiser.
A technical fault with a cargo hold air recirculation fan had been found, Etihad Airways told Reuters in an email.
“Etihad Airways apologises for the inconvenience. The safety of our guests and crew is of paramount importance,” it said.
Australia’s ABC News had reported that a smoke alarm had activated.
Passengers would make their onward journeys via other airlines due to crew rest requirements, the airline said.
There are no reported injuries, an Etihad staff member told Reuters by phone, and engineers and ground crew were checking the plane while the airline is deciding whether to continue on to Sydney.
Saturday’s Etihad flight EY451, from Sydney to Abu Dhabi, had been cancelled and passengers would be rescheduled on later Etihad services out of Sydney, the airline said.