Cargo plane touches down safely after electrical fault

SAFE LANDING: A cargo plane touched down safely at Coffs Harbour Airport after an electrical fault triggered a warning light on the instrument panel.
SAFE LANDING: A cargo plane touched down safely at Coffs Harbour Airport after an electrical fault triggered a warning light on the instrument panel. Frank Redward

A TWIN engine cargo plane made a forced landing in Coffs Harbour after it experienced an electrical fault.

Police said the Brisbane-bound twin turbo Metroliner SA226, operated by a courier company, touched down safely after a mayday was received by air traffic controllers just after 11pm.

The 38-year-old pilot, the sole occupant of the aircraft, reported a warning light appeared on the instrument panel.

Police said the pilot then made contact with Coffs Harbour Airport requesting an emergency landing, which was granted.

Emergency crews were scrambled to the airport.

Police, NSW Fire and Rescue crews, Rural Fire Service firefighters and Ambulance personnel were positioned on the airstrip in case of an emergency.

Officers interviewed the pilot and fire crews used a thermal imaging camera to try and find hot spots in the engine.

The aircraft, carrying mail and general goods, had earlier taken off from Bankstown prior to the unscheduled landing.

Police said it remained on the tarmac awaiting engineers to clear it for a later departure.

The warning light appeared to be an electrical fault, police said.

Topics:  coffs harbour, electrical fault

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