Emirates plane makes emergency landing at BIA
June 26, 2015 08:26 am
Emirates Airline Airbus A380 with 501 passengers onboard flying from Sydney to Dubai has made an emergency landing at the Bandaranaike International Airport early today due to a technical failure.
A spokesman for the airport said that flight AK-413 made an emergency landing at around 3.45am this morning.
The passengers of the plane have been taken to nearby hotels while they are expected to make passage to Dubai onboard other flights.
A passenger on the Emirates flight reported an “emergency landing” took place “because of smoke in the hold” but this was not officially confirmed, a media report said.
The FlightRadar site said flight 413 left Sydney at 12.30am New Zealand time and was diverted to the Sri Lankan capital.
The FlightAware website also said flight 413 was diverted to Colombo.
Flights from Sydney to Dubai usually took about 14 hours.