'Airspeed system failure' causes Airbus A330 to turn back shortly after take-off
An Etihad Airways flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Brisbane on Thursday following a mayday call shortly after taking off from the Australian city.
The Airbus A330 was in a holding pattern near to the city when it made the distress call for an “airspeed system failure”, Australia’s transport safety bureau said.
The aircraft, which had the flight number EY473, was scheduled to fly to Singapore after a one-hour delay saw it take off at 13:10 but landed safely back in Brisbane at 14:50 local time.
“The flight crew followed all standard operational procedures, declared an emergency, and made a precautionary landing. The aircraft landed without incident and all passengers and crew are safe,” a statement from the Abu Dhabi carrier to Guardian Australia said.
“We will be working with the operator to obtain the relevant recorded information,” it added.
Passengers were later rebooked with other airlines, Etihad said.
Australia’s transport safety bureau has now launched an investigation into the incident.