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Reports of plane on fire at Perth Airport

A plane has made an emergency landing at Perth Domestic Airport after catching fire shortly after take-off.

A spokeswoman for Air Services Australia said the plane was a British Aerospace 146, a small jet plane bound for Barrow Island, carrying 93 passengers on board.

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Shortly after takeoff, the plane experienced a problem with "engine number two". The pilot is believed to have shut down the engine before announcing to air traffic control that the plane was returning.

"The plane landed safely at 10.55am and all on board are OK," the spokeswoman said.

"As a precaution, aviation rescue firefighters turned out to the tarmac and followed the plane as they taxied into position."

Passengers onboard the flight saw sparks and yelled for flight attendants, Radio 6PR's Lisa Barnes reported.


Those on board praised the pilot for handling the emergency well and landing quickly, but some were not keen to get on a plane again.

6PR caller Chris witnessed the incident and believed the plane suffered "major engine failure with smoke and flames appearing from the back of the airplane".

"As soon as it got up over the buildings, I could see a 20-metre or 30-metre trail of red and white smoke coming from the left-hand engine," said another caller, Gary.

"It was climbing at the time and it just looked terrible, it looked like it was going to be a disaster."

The plane belongs to Cobham Aviation, a charter company servicing regional Western Australia, a Perth Airport spokeswoman has confirmed.

A Cobham Aviation spokesman said the incident would be investigated and regulatory authorities had been informed.