Emergency services responding to fire alarm at Sydney airport

Emergency services responding to fire alarm at Sydney airport

NSW Ambulance paramedics have responded to reports of a fire involving a plane on the tarmac at Sydney airport.

It is understood passengers were on board the Virgin Australia aircraft when a warning light in the flight deck was triggered on Tuesday morning, however on inspection airport authorities confirmed there was in fact no fire or smoke.

All passengers have since been evacuated as a safety precaution.

"Virgin Australia flight VA1627, Sydney-Ayres Rock, safely returned to the gate prior to take-off this morning, after a warning light in the flight deck illuminated while on the taxiway," a Virgin Australia spokeswoman said.

"In line with standard operating procedures, the captain returned to the gate as a precautionary measure, escorted by emergency services."


Five NSW Ambulance crews responded to the incident, shortly after 10.20am.

"NSW Ambulance received a call via police to attend Mascot airport where there was a report of a plane on fire with 100 people on board," said Acting Assistant Commissioner Tony Gately.

"We responded immediately...and made arrangements within our emergency control centre to manage that event."

After airport authorities determined there was no fire on board the aircraft was cleared to move through the terminal, where passengers disembarked.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Gately said there were no actual injuries reported among passengers.

Virgin Australia's spokeswoman said engineers were currently inspecting the aircraft, while guests were being reaccommodated onto other services.

"We apologise for the inconvenience this may have caused, however safety is our number one priority."

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Lucy Cormack is a crime reporter with The Sydney Morning Herald.

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