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Qantas flight lands at Sydney airport after issuing distress signal


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Qantas flight lands at Sydney airport after issuing distress signal

QANTAS. Qantas planes are seen at Kingsford Smith International Airport in Sydney, Australia, March 18, 2020.

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(1st UPDATE) An airport spokeswoman says the QF144 flight from Auckland had issued a mayday alert

SYDNEY, Australia- A Qantas Airways flight from New Zealand landed at Sydney airport on Wednesday, January 18, after the airline said it had issued a distress signal due to an issue with one of its engines.

The Boeing 737-800 jet from Auckland had issued a “mayday” call while flying over water an hour from its destination of Sydney, a Qantas spokesperson in a statement issued prior to landing.

The mayday signal, which indicates grave and imminent danger, was downgraded to “Possible Assistance Needed” before landing, the spokesperson added.

Emergency services met the plane when it landed in Sydney around 3:30 pm local time (0430 GMT).

Qantas said it would share more information once the aircraft had been assessed by its engineers.

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