Qantas flight QF144 from Auckland, New Zealand to Sydney, Australia, issued a mayday alert mid-flight on Wednesday, January 18, afternoon. The flight carrying over 100 passengers managed to land safely at Sydney airport after issuing the mayday call.
The flight issued the mayday alert over the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand.
What happened? According to local media reports, the flight issued a mayday call after one of its engines failed.
UPDATE: A statement from Qantas said that “while a mayday was initially issued, this has now been downgraded to a PAN.”— AirlineGeeks (@AirlineGeeks) January 18, 2023
The aircraft has landed and is being inspected by engineers. No injuries have been reported. https://t.co/B8LZrZ7R0u
What's a mayday alert?
And a PAN-PAN is the international standard urgent signal which means someone on a ship, aircraft or other vehicle is in an urgent situation, but the vessel or those onboard are not in immediate danger.