LONDON – Reports have surfaced of an incident involving a QantasLink regional Dash-8 commuter aircraft at Sydney Airport. Australian media outlets reported the incident involving the aircraft, which occurred just after 5.00pm local time in Sydney.
The domestic flight, which was inbound from Lord Howe Island had apparently experienced an inflight fire which appears to be related to the aircraft’s tyre assembly. The smoke did not affect the cabin of the aircraft.
Twenty-four persons were reported to be onboard the aircraft at the time, and no injuries have been reported.
QantasLink chief executive John Gissing has now made a statement to Australian new source News.com saying:
“Passengers on a flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney were evacuated following reports of flames near the tyres after the aircraft had landed safely,” he said.
“We thank the crew and passengers for disembarking the aircraft in a calm and orderly manner. Airport fire crews attended, passengers will be bussed to the terminal and engineers will inspect the aircraft,” he added.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.