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October 16, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Etihad Airways flight EY450 from Abu Dhabi to Sydney made an emergency diversion to Adelaide Airport on Saturday after an alarm went off indicating a problem in the cargo hold.

The flight, a B777-300ER, was reportedly carrying 349 people. It landed on the main runway and stopped on a taxiway where passengers disembarked and were bussed to the terminal. The plane was then inspected by engineers.

“Etihad Airways flight EY450, from Abu Dhabi to Sydney, diverted to Adelaide Airport following a warning indication within the cockpit and suspected technical fault that is undergoing investigation,” the airline said in a statement quoted by Abu Dhabi’s Khaleej Times.

“The aircraft landed at 5am (local time) and was inspected by engineers as guests were taken to the terminal and provided refreshments and regular updates. Due to crew rest requirements, Etihad is assisting guests to their ultimate destination on other airlines.”

As a consequence, Saturday’s Etihad flight EY451 from Sydney to Abu Dhabi was cancelled and passengers were rescheduled on later Etihad services out of Sydney, the airline said.

“Etihad Airways apologises for the inconvenience. The safety of our guests and crew is of paramount importance.”

It was several hours before passengers on EY450 could return to the plane to retrieve their carry-on baggage. As they waited at Adelaide Airport, some told Adelaide’s Sunday Mail of their frustration at what they said was Etihad’s lack of communication.

The Mail ran a photo of a passenger waiting in the terminal holding up a handwritten note saying: “Hopeless PR by Etihad. We were here for three hours before they told us anything.

The warning light that came on in the cockpit was later reportedly traced to a technical fault with a cargo-hold air-recirculation fan.

Written by Peter Needham

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