Qantas plane that broadcast ‘Mayday’ lands safely

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Fire engines and ambulances were put on standby to respond if needed at Sydney Airport.

The Qantas plane that issued a distress signal earlier due to a mechanical problem has finally landed safely at Sydney airport.

Fire engines and ambulances were put on standby to respond if needed at Sydney Airport.

Passengers on a Qantas flight traveling from Auckland to Sydney say they heard an explosion as one engine suffered a mechanical failure mid-flight, but were not told the pilot had sent a distress signal until they landed.

About an hour before the plane arrived at the airport a ‘Mayday’ signal was sent, but it was later downgraded to ‘Pan’ (possible assistance required).

Infrastructure and Transport Minister Kathryn King said she was relieved to hear the plane landed undamaged and congratulated the crew: “Well done to the experienced crew who got the plane home safely,” King tweeted.

“Australia’s aviation industry is one of the safest in the world because of the dedicated staff working on the planes and behind the scenes,” he added.

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