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Fire forces Australia jet to land

Photo provided by Guam radio and television broadcaster KUAM shows the Jetstar Airbus A330-200 that made an emergency landing on a flight from Japan to Australia
An official said there was a problem with the cockpit's heating system

An Australian passenger plane with 203 people on board has been forced to make an emergency landing after a fire broke out in the cockpit.

The Airbus A330-200 operated by Jetstar was flying from Japan to Australia when the fire started beside a window.

The pilots managed to extinguish it before landing in Guam. Jetstar said all of those on board were unharmed.

Last week, an Air France A330-200 on a flight from Brazil to France crashed, killing all 228 people on board.

Also on Thursday, a Russian Airbus A320 was forced to make an emergency landing after its windscreen cracked.

The Aeroflot plane was flying between Irkutsk and Moscow when it had to divert to the western Siberian city of Novosibirsk.

None of the 116 passengers and six crew was injured, a security official was quoted by Russian news agency Ria-Novosti as saying.


The Jetstar plane was four hours into its flight to the Gold Coast in Queensland when the fire broke out.

"Smoke became evident in the cockpit and one of our pilots was required to use an extinguisher," Jetstar spokesman Simon Westaway told Australia's ABC News.

"We conducted an emergency diversion to Guam international airport where the aircraft landed without incident."

David Epstein, an official from Jetstar's parent Qantas Airways, said an electrical connector for the heating system had gone wrong, but the situation had quickly been brought under control.

Such incidents are not uncommon, he said, adding that it did not raise new safety concerns about the A330-200 model.

Most of the passengers were reported to be Japanese nationals.

Jetstar is owned by Qantas.

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