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Smoke scare on Etihad flight from Melbourne to Abu Dhabi

Published on Feb 19, 2014 2:14 PM

MELBOURNE (AFP) - Investigations were underway on Wednesday after smoke was detected in two toilets on an Etihad Airways flight from Melbourne to Abu Dhabi, forcing a diversion to Jakarta.

The carrier said the drama occurred on flight EY461 on Monday with the captain diverting to the Indonesian capital as a precaution.

The plane landed normally and after a security search of the aircraft, passengers and their carry-on luggage, it took off again with the captain enforcing "strict controls over passenger movement in the cabin, particularly passenger access to the toilets".

Then two hours before arrival in Abu Dhabi the smoke alarms went off again.

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