A Qantas Dash 8-200 caught fire shortly after landing at Sydney Airport on Tuesday, causing 24 passengers to be evacuated via the front stairs.
QantasLink Flight 265 had just arrived from Lord Howe Island at 5:40pm on Tuesday 8th November. Smoke billowed from the rear tires of the 26-year-old VH-TQS before flames erupted on the plane’s rear tires.
Rescue workers arrived at the scene and extinguished the fire shortly after those on board had been evacuated.
No passengers were injured in the incident and many appeared relatively unfazed during the evacuation in footage posted to social media.
Petrea Bradford, CEO of QantasLink, said: “Passengers on a flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney were evacuated after reports of flames near the tires after the plane landed safely.
“We know this would have been unsettling for the passengers and we thank them and our crew for the calm and orderly evacuation.
“Airport firefighters were present, passengers will be taken to the terminal by bus and engineers will inspect the aircraft.”
Despite the fire, reports confirmed there was no smoke in the cabin and no medical attention was required from the passengers, although paramedics arrived at the scene.
The incident comes just a week after Choice called Qantas “the spirit of disappointment.”
The airline has been awarded a “Shonky” award for its underperformance in recent years, according to the Consumer Watchdog Group.
Qantas hit back, claiming Choice used outdated data.
“Our call wait times are less than half of what Choice claims,” Qantas said.
“Nobody disputes the fact that we had issues earlier this year and we apologize for that, but it’s disappointing that Choice hasn’t acknowledged the impact of COVID and border closures on the broader airline industry,” it added.