Jetstar flight met by emergency services on tarmac at Sydney Airport

A Jetstar flight has turned back to Sydney Airport where it has been met by emergency services on the tarmac after a “strange smell” was detected on board shortly after takeoff.

Melbourne bound flight JQ517 departed Sydney Airport at 2.02pm on Sunday but was turned back after an odd odour was detected at the rear of the cabin around 10 minutes into the flight.

Photos uploaded to social media showed half a dozen fire trucks surrounding the Airbus A321 as it touched back down at Sydney Airport around 2.30pm and made its way back to the terminal.


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Photos also emerged showing passengers still sitting in their seats as firefighters inspected the inside of aircraft.

It’s understood emergency services were scrambled only as a precaution and no official emergency was declared.

In a statement to media, a Jetstar spokesperson said the captain “elected to return to Sydney airport a short time after take-off due to reports of an unusual smell at the rear of the cabin”.

“The flight had a normal landing at Sydney Airport and engineers are now inspecting the aircraft,” the spokesperson said.

“We’re working to re-accommodate customers on alternative flights this afternoon.”