Two Airbus jets forced to land after mid-air drama

An Australian Jetstar aircraft with 203 passengers and crew made an emergency landing on the island of Guam on Thursday after a cockpit fire broke out as the aircraft flew over the Pacific Ocean.

The Airbus A330-200 aircraft was flying from Japan to Australia on Wednesday night when, four hours into the flight, smoke was seen in the cockpit and the right-hand cockpit window area caught fire.

“One of our pilots utilised an extinguisher and we conducted an emergency diversion to Guam where the aircraft landed without incident,” Jetstar spokesman Simon Westaway told Australian radio. The plane touched down in the early hours of Thursday, Australian time, Jetstar said.

All passengers and crew were safe and no one had been injured, the airline said. The aircraft was only two years’ old and would be held in Guam until the cause of
the fire was established, Jetstar said.

In a survey, 63% of Australians said they thought the airline’s safety standards “have become worse over the last few years.” Jetstar was founded in 2004 with a focus on domestic routes before adding flights to Asian destinations two years later.

In another instance, a Russian airbus with 122 people on board has made an emergency landing in the western Siberian city of Novosibirsk following a crack in its windscreen, a transport police spokeswoman said.

The Aeroflot Airbus-320 aircraft, which was travelling from East Siberia’s Irkutsk to Moscow, landed safely in the city and none of its passengers or crewmembers were hurt, spokeswoman Tatyana Sherstova said.

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June 12, 2009. Uncategorized.

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