The pilot of Flight QF91 to Noumea, New Caledonia, was preparing to take off at 7:40 am when the emergency was reported.
The pilot sent an emergency “pampan” alert (a low-level risk alert that does not pose an imminent danger to life) to air traffic control and called for the assistance of aviation fire and rescue services.
“Qantas Flight 91, the vehicle behind you reports some flames coming from the right engine.”
Pilot replied: “No.”
Air Traffic Control: “Qantas 91 positive. In flames.”
Pilot: “Pamp-pump-pump-pump. Qantas Flight 91 stops at 16 on the left and needs fire.”
The aircraft was escorted to the terminal under surveillance by numerous fire engines.
Qantas confirmed that 76 passengers left the plane and were checked over by engineers who deemed the emergency a false alarm.
A Qantas spokesman said: “The pilot followed procedure and shut down the engine as a precaution after being warned by the control tower during the taxi.”
“There were no warning lights in the cockpit and no signs of fire when the engine shut off.
“Engineers have inspected the aircraft and cleared it to return to service.”
Passengers were put on another flight.
Qantas international flight delayed after pilots issued emergency alert before takeoff
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