United Airlines Dreamliner Lands Safely in Sydney After Declaring Mayday

By Paul Riegler on 3 October 2018
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A Boeing 787-9 in flight

A Boeing 787-9 in flight

A United Airlines flight that started in Los Angeles landed without incident in Sydney, Australia, Thursday after the pilot made an emergency mayday call prior to landing.

The pilot declared an emergency at 6 a.m. local time, warning that United Flight 839 was low on fuel.

The Boeing 787 with 180 passengers and 14 crew members on board ultimately landed safely although the incident triggered a full emergency response and all major roads in the vicinity of their airport were closed.

The airplane landed safely just after 6:30 a.m.

“United flight 839 from Los Angeles to Sydney landed safely in Sydney following a mechanical issue,” the airline said in a statement. “The aircraft taxied to the gate and all customers disembarked normally.”

Kalev Savi, a passenger on the flight, told Frequent Business Traveler that passengers were not told of the problem during the flight.

“I only realized something was wrong by the unusual number of Sydney Airport Fire and Rescue vehicles following our plane as it landed,” he said.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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