Nine hurt after Qantas emergency landing
Nine passengers were injured after a Qantas jet made a precautionary emergency landing in Japan when sensors detected smoke in the cargo hold.
The Airbus A330, carrying 178 passengers and 13 crew, landed in the central Japanese city of Osaka about 1am local time (2am AEST), shortly after leaving Tokyo, Qantas said.
The nine passengers suffered minor injuries, including in one case a possible fracture, during the evacuation that followed the landing.
The plane, bound for Perth, had been forced to make the emergency landing in Osaka after the aircraft's cargo sensors indicated smoke in the hold, Qantas spokesman Lloyd Quartermaine said.
On landing, air traffic controllers reported smoke, so passengers were evacuated via emergency slides.
"The Osaka Control Tower reported smoke on landing so an emergency evacuation was declared as a precaution and emergency slides deployed," Mr Quartermaine said.
But he added: "There was no fire."
Early inspections of the aircraft had shown no sign of smoke or fire and the airline believes a faulty reading from one of the cargo sensors may have caused a malfunction of the smoke alarm.
Qantas has accommodated the passengers in Osaka while a relief aircraft has been organised from Tokyo.
I was on the same plane route from Sydney to Osaka a few months ago