Oct 4, 2018
United Airlines flight lands safely after mayday call
A United Airlines flight has landed safely at Sydney Airport after issuing a mayday call due to low fuel reserves, authorities have said. United Airlines called it a mechanical issue and said all on board were safe. The pilot of the 787-900 Dreamliner had earlier issued a mayday call due to low fuel levels, said Airservices Australia, the nation's aviation navigation authority. According to Civil Aviation Safety Australia, "Fuel mayday" calls are an automatic requirement when planes tap into reserve supplies of fuel. Strong headwinds, weather conditions and changes in route and altitude are all factors that could eat into fuel levels, said spokesman Peter Gibson.
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