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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 23 June 2018

Etihad Airways flight to Sydney makes emergency landing due to technical fault

Passengers disembark via emergency exits 

An Etihad plane pictured at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Roland Magunia for The National
An Etihad plane pictured at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Roland Magunia for The National

An Etihad Airways flight travelling from Abu Dhabi to Sydney made an emergency landing at Australia's Adelaide Airport early on Saturday after a warning indicator activated in the cockpit.

Reuters reported that crew on board Etihad flight EY450 landed the plane at 5am local time at Adelaide Airport, in the state of South Australia.

The Boeing 777 passenger jet had 349 passengers on board who disembarked via emergency exits, according to online news service Adelaide Advertiser.

A technical fault with a cargo hold air recirculation fan had been found, Etihad Airways told Reuters in an email.

"Etihad Airways apologises for the inconvenience. The safety of our guests and crew is of paramount importance," it said.

Australia's ABC News had reported that a smoke alarm had activated.

Passengers would make their onward journeys via other airlines due to crew rest requirements, the airline said.

Saturday's Etihad flight EY451, from Sydney to Abu Dhabi, had been cancelled and passengers would be rescheduled on later Etihad services out of Sydney, the airline said.