Flight emergency at Melbourne Airport

Media Release


01 March 2016

The Australian Government has confirmed a plane to Melbourne landed safely following an incident on a domestic flight.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Tiger Airways flight registered an emergency on approach to Melbourne.

"Tiger Airlines flight TGW 511 reported an odour in the cockpit and cabin just before 10am this morning on a flight from Brisbane to Melbourne," Mr Chester said.

"There were reports that crew members were taken ill.

"Emergency plans at the airport were immediately activated; the flight was provided priority landing and the flight landed safety around 10am.

"Fire and emergency services were on standby and the Victoria Ambulance attended to a number of passengers.

"Airservices and the Victoria state emergency services worked seamlessly in parallel today to ensure the safety of the passengers and crew onboard.

"The Australian Transport Safety Bureau will now investigate the incident," Mr Chester said.