Emergency response at Sydney airport after pilot makes mayday call

A full emergency response has been activated at Sydney Airport this morning after a pilot made a mayday call.

It’s understood the pilot of a United Airlines flight reported a problem, believed to be low fuel, just after 6am on Thursday.

NSW Police confirmed in a statement that a “full emergency response was activated” after they were alerted to the pilot’s concerns.


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“The NSWPF traffic control plan was activated at 6.36am, with some major roads surrounding the airport being closed as a precaution,” police said.

Luckily, the plane managed to land safely without incident and the roads re-opened shortly after.

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