Etihad airliner declares emergency over Australia
Etihad Airways Flight EY450 travelling from Abu Dhabi to Sydney made an emergency landing at Australia's Adelaide Airport, Reuters reports.
According to reports, the Boeing 777, carrying 349 passengers, declared an emergency after a warning indicator activated in the cockpit.
Australia's ABC News had reported that a smoke alarm had activated, but Etihad has said in a statement that a technical fault with a cargo hold air recirculation fan had been found.
The passengers were disembarked via emergency exits, according to online news service Adelaide Advertiser.
"Etihad Airways apologises for the inconvenience. The safety of our guests and crew is of paramount importance," Etihad said in a statement.
Passengers were forced to make their onward journeys via other airlines due to crew rest requirements, the airline added.
The return flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi was cancelled while another plane was sent from the UAE.