October 3, 2018 / 10:49 PM / 2 months ago

United Airlines pilot makes mayday call, lands safely in Sydney

SYDNEY, Oct 4 (Reuters) - A United Airlines flight from Los Angeles landed safely in Sydney on Thursday morning after its pilot made a mayday call due to low fuel reserve.

“No passengers were at risk at any time,” a spokeswoman for Air Services Australia told Reuters.

“The plane landed without incident,” she said, adding that the pilot had made a precautionary mayday call due to low fuel reserve.

United Airlines could not be immediately reached for a comment. A spokesman for Sydney Airport declined to comment.

United Airlines flight 839 was carrying 239 passengers, local media reported.

A police traffic control plan was activated at Sydney Airport at 2036 GMT (06.36 am local time) and the plane landed without incident shortly after. Roads were re-opened at 2039 GMT, the New South Wales state police said in a statement.

Reporting by Swati Pandey;

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