Major emergency response at Sydney Airport after pilot's mayday call

Major emergency response at Sydney Airport after pilot's mayday call

Major emergency response at Sydney Airport after pilot's mayday call

Flight UA839 arriving from Los Angeles signaled it was low on fuel at about 6am.

Passengers who were on-board the plane told 9NEWS they were not made aware of the incident as the plane came in to land.

Passengers from other flights barely noticed the incident.

"This is the first time I'm hearing about it on the way out the front door", a passenger from another flight told Nine News.

"Everyone was calm, no panic, no announcement".

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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.

Another man told Nine News he noticed the emergency response as his daughters' flight was leaving.

The Boeing 787, carrying 194 people, landed safely, an Airservices Australia spokeswoman said.

"It got our attention, we were waiting for the Qantas plane to take off - my daughter is going overseas", he said.

Safety regulator Airservices Australia said no passengers were at risk during the landing and that the mayday call was triggered automatically because the plane's fuel gauge dropped below a certain level.

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The pilot warned the plane (not pictured) was running low on fuel, officials said.

As a result, state police were forced to close a number of major roads surrounding the airport in case the plane did not make the runway.

The procedure is created to alert air traffic controllers to the fuel shortage and allow them to give the plane landing priority.

Gibson said stronger headwinds than were forecast for the 12,000-kilometer (7,500-mile) flight across the Pacific could burn more fuel than planned.

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