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Qantas prepares emergency landing in Singapore

Qantas prepares emergency landing in Singapore

A Qantas jetliner was preparing to make an emergency landing Thursday because one of its engines shut down over western Indonesia, an airline official said, after witnesses reported hearing an explosion and seeing debris rain from the sky.
The plane was expected to land in Singapore in about 30 minutes, said Emma Kearns, a spokeswoman for the airline, stressing that the plane can fly safely on three engines.
She said there were no reports of injuries and the airline had not received any reports of an explosion on board.
Witnesses on the western Indonesian island of Batam reported hearing a large blast and seeing pieces of debris _ including panels painted white and red _ falling onto houses and a nearby shopping mall.
Pictures of metal, some the size of a door, flashed on MetroTV, with people milling around.
"I heard a big explosion at around 9:15 a.m. and saw a commercial passenger plane flying low in the distance with smoke on one of its wings," Rusdi, a local resident, told MetroTV.
"The debris started falling on my house."


Updated : 2021-03-07 08:05 GMT+08:00