Emirates jet makes emergency landing in Perth

October 16th, 2008 - 2:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Oct 16 (DPA) An Air Emirates flight to Dubai returned to Perth Thursday and made an emergency landing in the Australian city after experiencing a “technical issue”.The Airbus 340-500 carrying 122 passengers landed safely two and a half hours after taking off from Perth.

Malcolm Bradshaw, spokesman for the Westralia Airports Corp., and the owner of Perth’s airport said there had been a “technical issue” aboard Flight EK425. He could not confirm reports the crew reported smoke in the cockpit.

“The plane informed air traffic control it was returning, and the plane landed safely,” Bradshaw said. “All passengers and crew are safe.”

Five ambulances met the plane on the tarmac, Australia’s AAP news agency reported.

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