Malaysia Airlines flight MH148, operated by an A330 and carrying 300 people, made an emergency landing at Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport on Friday after its starboard engine failed shortly after take-off.
All arrivals at the airport were suspended to make way for the plane, and other flights were delayed or diverted. Flight tracking software showed the flight apparently circling near Werribee, by the western shore of Port Phillip Bay, before returning to Melbourne Airport.
Melbourne airport issued a tweet to confirm flight MH148 landed safely.
“All operations at Melbourne airport continue as normal,” a Twitter message said.
Malaysia Airlines issued the following statement:
“Malaysia Airlines’ flight MH148 from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur on 12 June 2015 made a turnback to Melbourne Airport. The Airbus 330 is being inspected by Malaysia Airlines’ engineers and ground personnel.
“MH148 has 300 passengers on-board and passengers are being disembarked. Preliminary inspection reveals no physical evidence of fire externally, and further assessment is underway.
“Safety is of the utmost importance to Malaysia Airlines. More information will be released when available.”
Written by Peter Needham