Two people have been taken to hospital by ambulance after a Qantas Link plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Perth Airport on Friday morning.
Passengers and crew on board the Fokker 100 flight from Newman were evacuated by emergency slide, with four fire trucks and federal police surrounding the aircraft after it landed.
A caller to Radio 6PR, who claimed they watched the incident unfold from the observation area at the airport, said the plane had stopped on the runway:
“A Qantas-link aircraft… it’s landed and it’s gone up the end of the runway. It just stopped… it had two fire tenders following it and now a third one has turned up and they put the slide up.People [passengers] are gathered at the end of the runway.”
WA Police said the evacuation was sparked by fumes in the cockpit just before midday. Qantas, in a statement, said 102 people on board were evacuated safely:
“All passengers and crew are safe and accounted for. No emergency landing was requested by the pilots, however emergency services are in attendance as a normal precaution. There were 97 passengers and five crew on-board.”
However two people on board the flight have been taken to Royal Perth Hospital by ambulance.At least one of the people was believed to be suffering from smoke inhalation. The plane was towed from the runway on Friday afternoon.