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Smoking Emirates plane lands at Melbourne Airport

19/02/2014 Caroline Zielinski
Emirates © Nic Walker Emirates

A smoking Emirates plane that landed at Melbourne Airport early on Thursday morning has been declared safe.

The incident comes just days after another United Arab Emirates airline, Etihad, was forced to make an emergency landing at Jakarta after multiple fires were lit on board a flight that left Melbourne on Monday night.

The Emirates plane, travelling from Dubai and scheduled to land in Melbourne about 7.40am on Thursday, was seen smoking as it touched down.

A Melbourne Airport spokeswoman said firefighters raced to the aircraft to ensure it was safe, and all passengers were escorted off the plane uninjured.

The EK406 flight has taken off to Auckland as scheduled, an Emirates spokeswoman said.

Emirates issued a statement just after midday on Thursday.

‘‘Emirates this morning has issued an ‘‘all clear’’ in response to reports of smoke coming from the tyres of EK406 landing at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport on Thursday 20 February 2014," the statement said.

‘‘As a precautionary measure, Emirates held the aircraft at the end of the runway and dispatched engineers to inspect the aircraft.

‘‘The engineers undertook a thorough check and found the smoke to be the result of a regular occurrence caused by a tyre which has not been in motion in the air, making contact with a stationary runway.  

‘‘The aircraft was thoroughly checked and cleared to taxi to terminal and has departed on its next route to Auckland.’’

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