A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane enroute to Kuala Lumpur returned to Melbourne Airport after take-off after reports that an engine fire broke out.
The Airbus A330-323X (9M-MTE S/N1243) as MH 148 was placed in holding pattern over Point Cook airspace for the last 45 minutes to dump fuel before touching down without incident.
Aircraft instruments indicated that there had been a fire in the aircraft’s starboard engine.
The Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) said the fire was out and the aircraft had dumped fuel before making the emergency landing.
Emergency crews were called to the airport around 2:20pm.
“The plane landed safely,” an Airservices Australia spokesperson said. “The fire trucks were in attendance but were not needed.”
there was little interuption to other air services, and Melbourne Airport spokesperson stated operations were continuing as normal following the incident.
Malaysian Airlines has issued a statement saying that the plane had 300 passengers on-board, who disembarked safetly.
“Preliminary inspection reveals no physical evidence of fire externally, and further assessment is underway,” the statement said.
This is how flightradar24 recorded the flight:
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