This Qantas plane made a forced landing at Moranbah Airport yesterday after smoke was discovered in its cabin.
This Qantas plane made a forced landing at Moranbah Airport yesterday after smoke was discovered in its cabin. Alaina Earl

Flight emergency for Qantas plane

QANTAS crew aboard a Brisbane to Moranbah QantasLink flight had to make a priority landing at Moranbah Airport yesterday when they noticed smoke coming from the cabin.

There were no passengers on the aircraft.

A Qantas spokeswoman said engineers were investigating the cause of the smoke.

"The captain requested a priority landing," the spokeswoman said.

"The flight crew of the QantasLink Q-200 operating a positioning flight (QF2588) from Brisbane to Moranbah noticed a small amount of smoke in the cabin on approach into Moranbah.

"The aircraft landed without incident and there was no safety issue at any time," the spokeswoman said.

An Australian Air Transport Safety Bureau spokesman said they had been informed shortly after 1pm about the landing.

"We were notified that an aircraft made a landing at Mornabah airport after crew members reported smoke coming from the aircraft," the spokesman said.

"It landed safely."

The Moranbah Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) was called to the airport at 12.33pm with reports the cockpit was on fire.

A QFRS spokeswoman said no injuries had been reported and crews were checking for hotspots.



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