Virgin Australia Terminal Adelaide Airport (YPAD/ADL) taken by Bryan Pearce on 8 September 2017

Virgin Australia flight 938 from Brisbane declared an emergency yesterday and diverted to Newcastle airport in New South Wales. Newcastle airport also doubles as Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) base Williamtown.

News Ltd reports the flight left Brisbane at 10:00am Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) and was due to land at Sydney at 12:40pm Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time (AEDT). The diversion happened about 90 minutes into the flight.

Initial reports were that there was a fire in the cargo hold. Virgin Australia has since told media that “Virgin Australia flight VA938 from Brisbane to Sydney has landed safely after diverting to Newcastle Airport this afternoon following the activation of warning light in the cargo hold. The aircraft landed safely and was met by emergency services as a precautionary measure. The safety of our guests and crew is our number one priority and we will be commencing a full investigation into the incident. We will be working hard to have all guests to their destination as soon as possible.”

The 159 passengers were later taken by busses the remaining 174km (109 miles) to Sydney and arrived at 5:30pm AEDT.

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