ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways has confirmed that a Sydney-bound Etihad passenger jet made an emergency landing after it returned to Abu Dhabi International Airport due to a faulty engine.
Roughly 30 minutes into the flight following an 11:15am departure on Tuesday from the airport, Flight EY450 returned to Abu Dhabi to ensure the safety of 329 passengers aboard the twin-engined Boeing 777-300 aircraft.
No injuries were reported.
“Etihad Airways flight EY450 to Sydney returned to Abu Dhabi shortly after take-off following the failure of one of the aircraft’s engines,” airline’s spokesperson said in the statement on Wednesday.
The airline lauded its crew for bringing the plane back safely.
“The pilots and cabin crew carried out the emergency procedures before landing which they practice regularly during their routine training details. The crew are to be commended for their calm professionalism which ensured a safe outcome for all our guests,” the spokesperson said.
“The aircraft is undergoing corrective maintenance action and an alternative aircraft operated the new service. Local hotel accommodation was arranged for the 329 passengers who were re-booked onto later flights to Australia.”
An Australia newspaper account quoted passengers as saying the emergency landing was frightening and passengers were screaming.
One passenger said that she saw that the planes tyres were damaged due to what unconfirmed media reports called a high-speed emergency landing.