Jetstar emergency landing in Guam

June 11th, 2009 - 10:08 pm ICT by GD  

A Japan-Australia flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Guam following the break out of afire. Jetstar airbus A330- 200 is a passenger fight from Japan to Australia. It is a fully owned airline of the Australian company Qantas. No injuries or casualties were reported. The reason for the outbreak of the fire was reported to be an electrical snag due to which a small fire broke out in the cockpit.

The Airbus 330- 200 is of the same type as that which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean last week. However, according to official reports from the Airline, the two incidents are not related. The security of the aircraft is there forenot in question. David Epstein, General Manager for Government and Corporate Affairs of Qantas said that the fire was caused by the malfunctioning of the electric connector of the heating element in the cockpit. The heating element in planes ensures that the cockpit windows do not get fogged when the plane travels in the cold air, in the higher altitudes.

The Jetstar was well into fours hours of flight after its departure time from Osaka, Japan. It was flying to Gold Coast, Australia. Suddenly the pilots noticed that smoke was rising from the cockpit near the window. One of the pilots used a fire extinguisher to douse the fire. The fire did not reach the cabin.

The plane was carrying 190 passengers and 13 on-flight crews. It landed in the Guam International Airport without any mishap. According the reports, the passengers were to be put on a separate flight from the Guam International Airport later in the day to complete their journey to Australia.

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