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Malaysia Airlines plane makes emergency landing in Australia after systems report engine fire

By Claire Cromie

A Malaysia Airlines plane has made an emergency landing in Melbourne, Australia after a reported engine fire.

Flight MH148 was taking off from Melbourne's Tullamarine airport for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, when it reported the problem.

The Airbus 330 circled several times and dumped fuel before turning back to Melbourne, where the plane landed safely.

300 passengers were on board.

Australian media have reported the cockpit lights signalled an engine fire - but the aircraft showed no initial signs of damage.

Malaysia Airlines lost two planes in the last year when MH370 disappeared in March 2014, and a rocket attack shot down MH17 above Ukraine four months later.

The two incidents led to the presumed deaths of 537 people.

The airline has declared it is now “technically bankrupt” and is planning to rebrand later this year and cut 6,000 jobs.

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