United Airlines Plane Lands Safely in Sydney After Mayday Call

October 3, 2018 Updated: October 3, 2018

SYDNEY—A United Airlines flight carrying 194 passengers and crew from Los Angeles landed without incident in Sydney early on Oct. 4 after a mayday call caused by low fuel triggered a major emergency response in Australia’s largest city.

“United flight 839 from Los Angeles to Sydney landed safely … following a mechanical issue,” Madhu Unnikrishnan, a spokesman for United Airlines, said in an emailed statement.

“The aircraft taxied to the gate and all customers disembarked normally,” he said.

A spokeswoman for Air Services Australia said the Boeing 787 triggered a mayday call due to low fuel reserves.

“No passengers were at risk at any time,” she said.

A spokesman for Sydney Airport declined to comment.

The New South Wales state police said in a statement a major emergency response was activated at Sydney airport after “a pilot reported a problem”.

Some major roads around the airport were closed as a precaution at 6.36 a.m. local time (2036 GMT Oct. 3). The plane landed safely and roads were re-opened three minutes later.

By Swati Pandey


Watch Next:

Centralized banks were supposed to end the financial cycles of boom and bust, but instead amplified it. We explore the FederalReserve, state banks, the abandonment of the gold standard, and the financial cycles of debt and irresponsible lending.