An Australian airline plane Qantas landed this wednesday in sydney safely after the crew issued a distress signal in full flight for a engine problem.
According to the website flight radarwhich monitors flights around the world, the QF flight 144 from Auckland to Sydney, a Boeing 737-838 carrying 145 passengers, landed at Sydney Airport at 3:26 p.m. local time, four minutes before its scheduled arrival time and one hour after the alert is issued when the plane was flying over the sea that separates New Zealand and Australia.
According to local media, passengers on flight 144 heard a loud bang before the distress alert was activated.
A Qantas spokesman told the newspaper Sydney Morning Herald that the warning sign “may Day”, issued when the lives of the crew and passengers are in danger, was due to a failure in one of the two motors of the device.
“Even though in-flight engine stalls are rare and, naturally, they worry our passengers, our pilots are trained to handle them safely and airplanes are designed to fly for a long period on a single engine”, he indicated.
For his part, a spokesman for the aeronautical company indicated that the incident is being investigated, for which reason they will publish a statement with more details in the following hours, as the newspaper has learned. New Zealand Herald.
One of the passengers identified as Vonnie Wavishsaid to 9News that “the airline staff did a great job getting everyone on the ground.”.
“About half way up we heard a loud bangbut no one seemed concerned,” he said.
Another passenger, Leslie Spring, stated that the flight was full of potholes, but that the sensation was similar to that of the usual turbulence, according to statements to the aforementioned media outlet.
“If they hadn’t told us, we wouldn’t have found out.“, said.
“They told us that there would be a fire team just in case, and we were reassured to know that they were aware,” he added.
Later, the mayday alert was downgraded to PAN – or “possible assistance required” – before the flight landed.
Airservices Australiathe government’s aviation regulator, said a situation like this “requires the attention of air traffic control.”
Qantas is among the safest airlines in the world and has not suffered a fatal accident for more than 70 years.
In January 2020, three Americans died in Australia after the tanker plane with which they were fighting the fires crashed.
(With information from EFE, Europa Press and 9 News)
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