EMIRATES has apologised to travellers stranded in Melbourne this early morning right after their flight from Dubai experienced a “technical issue”, forcing the airline to terminate an onward support to New Zealand.
The pilot of flight EK406, an Airbus A380, alerted Melbourne Airport to an issue in advance of it landed about 6am.
“The pilot questioned for a nearby standby, which is not an emergency,” an airport spokesperson claimed.
Airport response workers waited on the tarmac as the tremendous jumbo touched down.
An Emirates spokeswoman claimed this afternoon: “Emirates flight EK406 from Dubai to Melbourne was achieved by emergency expert services upon landing at Melbourne airport this early morning as a precaution because of to a technological issue.
“The plane was checked by the Emirates engineering group on arrival.
“To minimise delays, travellers on the connecting flight to Auckland were being rebooked on alternate expert services.
“Emirates apologises for any inconvenience caused, even so the safety of our travellers and crew is of utmost relevance.”
The onward flight from Melbourne to Auckland, which was scheduled to land in Auckland at 12.45pm, was cancelled.
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Drew Loney, who was onboard the flight, claimed the 1st officer warned travellers about a adjust in process in advance of landing.
“We were being offered a heads up that when we were being landing it was going to be a little bit of a unique regimen,” he claimed.
“There was absolutely nothing untoward when we took off, or in the course of the flight but we were being offered a heads up by the 1st officer that when we landed we would be standing off, that the airport expert services would be examining about the plane, and then we would be towed via to the gate.”
Mr Loney claimed two airport hearth vans were being waiting around and placed spotlights underneath the plane.
“When we cleared the runway we stopped and shutdown all the things — all the lights off. I don’t know if it was anything iffy about the brakes but … it was a very slow and light descent right on the 1st portion of the runway much too.
“All I can consider is it was probably a warning light or anything about the brakes.”