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Malaysia Airlines Airbus makes emergency landing in Australia after possible engine fire


CANBERRA, Australia — A Malaysia Airlines passenger jet made an emergency landing at Melbourne airport on Friday after instruments indicated an engine fire, officials said.

Flight 148 from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur landed without incident or injury, airport spokeswoman Anna Gillett said.

"The pilot called an emergency landing and as standard procedure when a pilot calls any sort of emergency landing, emergency personnel are currently on site, Gillett said shortly after the landing.

The airline said in a statement that a preliminary inspection of the aircraft revealed no external physical evidence of a fire.

Airservices Australia was told that an engine fire warning light had activated in the cockpit soon after takeoff, but could not confirm whether that was a malfunction or whether there had been a fire, a spokesman said on condition of anonymity, citing agency policy.

The plane had dumped fuel south of Melbourne as a safety precaution before landing, he said.

The troubled state-owned airline lost two airliners in disasters last year.

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