Air Canada plane returns safely to Sydney after smoke in cabin

14:28, July 28, 2011      

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An Air Canada plane landed safely after being forced to return to Sydney Airport because of smoke in the cabin, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said on Thursday.

The plane landed in Sydney shortly after 12.10 p.m. (local time) on Thursday, an ATSB spokesman said.

It had left Sydney Airport at about 10.30 a.m. (local time) for Vancouver and Toronto.

"Air Canada reported smoke in the cabin and conducted a fuel dump," the ATSB spokesman told Australian Associated Press (AAP).

He said the incident would be investigated further.

A spokesman for Sydney Airport told AAP the plane was coming back as a precaution.

Air Canada's general manager for Australia and New Zealand, Jeannie Foster, said there was smoke in the plane but no fire.

"There was some smoke seen in the cabin by the crew, actually it was coming from the oven," she told Australia's Macquarie Radio.

"It was just smoke coming from an oven, there were no injuries."

There were 264 passengers on the plane, including four infants.

"The captain didn't declare an emergency," Foster said.

"Obviously he has had to dump fuel as it is a 15-hour flight to Canada... and you can't land with a heavy plane."

Fire and Rescue New South Wales told AAP it wasn't a "major incident" and emergency crew were not called out to the airport.

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