Airbus 330 Makes Emergency Landing in Guam

Cockpit fire forces move; plane same type as in Air France crash
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 11, 2009 9:47 AM CDT
Brazil Air Force personnel await for search operations of the missing Air France jet, in Fernando de Noronha island, off the northeast coast of Brazil, Wednesday, June 10, 2009.    (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
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(Newser) – An Airbus 330 carrying 203 people has made an emergency landing in Guam after an electrical problem sparked a small fire in the cockpit, airline officials said. There were no injuries. Though it's the same type of plane as the Air France flight that crashed last week in the Atlantic, the incidents appear unrelated, and an airline official said the electrical problem didn't raise any new safety concerns about the aircraft.

The Jetstar plane was about four hours into its flight from Osaka, Japan, to Australia's Gold Coast when the pilots noticed a small flame and smoke in the cockpit near the window, a spokesman said. A pilot used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire, which did not spread to the cabin, he said. The plane, which was carrying 190 passengers and 13 crew members, landed without incident at Guam International Airport.