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Cockpit Fire Forces Airbus A330 to Land

Posted by feww on June 11, 2009

Cockpit Fire Forces Jetstar Passenger Airbus A330 to Make Emergency Landing in Guam

A Jetstar Airbus A330-200  with 203 people on board was forced into an emergency landing after a fire broke out in the cockpit.

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Airbus A330-200 flight from Osaka, Japan to Queensland, Australia operated by budget airline Jetstar was forced into an emergency landing after a fire broke out in its cockpit. Photo: AFP. Image may be subject to copyright.

The Jetstar Airbus A330-200, a similar model to the Air France Airbus flight 447 that crashed last week, was flying from Osaka, Japan to Australia when the cockpit caught fire.

The pilots put out the fire which broke out about four hours into the flight from Osaka to the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, before landing the plane in Guam, Jetstar was reported as saying, adding that all on board were unharmed.

“Smoke became evident in the cockpit and one of our pilots was required to use an extinguisher,” a Jetstar spokesman told Australia’s ABC News.

“We conducted an emergency diversion to Guam international airport where the aircraft landed without incident.”

He said the plane, which is two years old, would be held in Guam until the cause of the fire was established.

Flight JQ 20 left Kansai International Airport (OSAKA) about 21:00 Wednesday  bound for Perth with  186 adult passengers, four babies and a crew of 13 including 4 pilots. Most of the passengers were Japanese nationals, a report said.

Jetstar is a budget airline based in Australia and Singapore, and is part-owned by Australia’s national carrier, Qantas.

The Moderators have been expecting another Air New Zealand Airbus A320 to plunge into the sea (again), based on the airline’s safety statistics, but Air France beat the kiwis to it!

The probability remains that the next major air disaster would occur as a result of an Air New Zealand Airbus crashing into the sea [with a certainty of 0.74] —Airbus Must Come Clean

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