Plane carrying FIFO workers force to make emergency landing

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A Jetstar charter plane carrying 80 fly-in fly-out workers from a Pilbara mine site was forced to make an emergency landing yesterday.

A Jetstar spokesman said fumes in the cabin was the cause of the incident.

Perth Now reported the “unusual smell” from the rear of the cabin was reported to the captain shortly after take-off, and the decision was made to turn Perth-bound Flight JQ2933 around and land back at Fortescue Metals Group’s Solomon mine airstrip, about 50km north of Tom Price.

The aircraft had been in the air for about 15 minutes.

“The flight landed safely at Solomon Airport without incident. All customers onboard will be reaccommodated on flights throughout the day,” a Jetstar spokesman said.

The spokesman said an engineer was being flown to the remote location to inspect the plane and “return it to service”. It is expected the engineer will arrive on Tuesday night.



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