Virgin Australia flight makes emergency landing at Canberra Airport

January 16, 2015 – 7:15PM

Megan Gorrey

Reporter at The Canberra Times

A Virgin Australia plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Canberra Airport after a cockpit indicator light came on mid-flight on Friday.

Passengers on Flight VA1179 from Albury to Sydney had to get off the plane when it arrived at the airport shortly after 5.30pm.

Two fire trucks escorted the plane along the tarmac, which a Canberra Airport spokeswoman said was a typical precaution.

A Virgin Australia spokesman said the aircraft “landed safely in Canberra and without incident”.

“In line with standard operating procedures, the captain decided to divert to Canberra as a precautionary measure after a cockpit indication light illuminated,” he said.

“Engineers have now cleared the aircraft to return to service.”

The emergency stop delayed the plane by two hours and it was set to arrive in Sydney at 7.30pm.

Source : The SydneY Morning Herald

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