Virgin Blue plane makes emergency landing in Melbourne of Australia

13:28, November 19, 2010      

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A Virgin Blue plane has to make an emergency landing in Melbourne on Friday morning, when a pilot noticed a strange smell on the aircraft.

The Boeing 737 flight DJ807 from Melbourne to Sydney of Australia, carrying 122 passengers and six crew members landed safely at Melbourne Airport at 07:16 a.m. local time.

According to Virgin Blue spokesman Colin Lippiatt, the plane had been in the air for about 20 minutes when the captain decided to turn the plane around.

"Shortly after take-off the captain detected an unusual smell and as a precautionary measure he advised passengers he would be returning to Melbourne to get it checked out," he told Australia Associated Press, adding "the engineers are trying to detect the source of the odour but the aircraft was operating as normal."

Emergency services were put on high alert as the flight circled back towards the airport.

A Metropolitan Fire Brigade spokesman told Sydney Morning Herald that the flight crew initially reported a smell of smoke in the cockpit and 11 fire trucks were sent to the scene. Two paramedic crews were also on standby.

Lippiatt said all passengers would be put on alternative flights to Sydney on Friday, and the cause of the odour is under investigation.

Source: Xinhua


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