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Sydney-bound Virgin Australia plane makes an emergency landing after a FIRE on board

Sydney-bound Virgin Australia plane makes an emergency landing after reports of a FIRE on board

  • The plane left Brisbane at 10.05am but was forced to land in Newcastle on Friday
  • Virgin spokeswoman said the plane was diverted ‘as a precautionary measure’
  • Emergency landing followed ‘the activation of warning light in the cargo hold’

A Sydney-bound Virgin Australia plane has made an emergency landing.

The plane, which left Brisbane at 10.05am, was forced to land in Newcastle, about 150km from its scheduled destination, on Friday afternoon. 

The aircraft had been due to land in Sydney at 12.40pm. It is not known how many people were on board. 

A Virgin Australia spokeswoman said the plane was diverted and met by emergency services on the tarmac ‘as a precautionary measure’

An emergency landing was carried out followed 'the activation of warning light in the cargo hold'

An emergency landing was carried out followed ‘the activation of warning light in the cargo hold’

Reports initially suggested there was a fire on board, however Virgin Australia say this was not the case.   

A Virgin Australia spokeswoman said the plane was diverted and met by emergency services on the tarmac ‘as a precautionary measure’.  

‘Virgin Australia flight VA938 from Brisbane to Sydney has landed safely after diverting to Newcastle Airport this afternoon following the activation of warning light in the cargo hold,’ they told Daily Mail Australia.   

‘The safety of our guests and crew is our number one priority and we will be commencing a full investigation into the incident.

‘We will be working hard to have all guests to their destination as soon as possible.’  

It is unclear what caused the warning light to activate.

The passengers are now catching a bus to Sydney. 

It is unclear what caused the warning light to activate. The passengers are now catching a bus to Sydney

It is unclear what caused the warning light to activate. The passengers are now catching a bus to Sydney

The plane, which left Brisbane at 10.05am, was forced to land in Newcastle on Friday afternoon

The plane, which left Brisbane at 10.05am, was forced to land in Newcastle on Friday afternoon

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk



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