United Airlines pilot makes mayday call, lands safely in Sydney

File photo of United Airlines planes at San Francisco International Airport, on Feb 7, 2015.
File photo of United Airlines planes at San Francisco International Airport, on Feb 7, 2015.PHOTO: REUTERS

SYDNEY (REUTERS) - A United Airlines flight from Los Angeles landed safely in Sydney on Thursday morning (Oct 4) after its pilot made a mayday call due to low fuel reserves.

"No passengers were at risk at any time," a spokeswoman for Air Services Australia told Reuters.

"The plane landed without incident," she said, adding that the pilot had made a precautionary mayday call due to low fuel reserves.

United Airlines could not be immediately reached for a comment. A spokesman for Sydney Airport declined to comment.

United Airlines flight 839 was carrying 239 passengers, local media reported.

A police traffic control plan was activated at Sydney Airport at 2036 GMT and the plane landed without incident shortly after.

Roads were re-opened at 2039 GMT, the New South Wales state police said in a statement.