The landing wheels’ tyres were overheating, forcing the pilot of a flight departing from Perth to perform an emergency turn and land the aircraft.
Around 8 p.m. on Monday, the Scoot flight took off with a full plane of travellers bound for Singapore.
The plane only reached a height of 8000 feet, while the standard flying altitude was 30,000 feet. The plane had to complete circles of Rottnest to dump fuel and waiting to get the correct flight path back into Perth.
Above the suburbs, the plane descended to a height of roughly 2000 feet.
Jude, one of the passengers, told Nine News Perth that they had been circling for almost 40 minutes.
“It felt too calm and I’m more used to turbulence. It felt weird, and then the captain made an announcement [saying] we have hot tires,” he said.
“They did end up dumping the fuel to lighten the flight, so we could come back safely. So it was actually quite serious.
“The pilot did a good job. I’m sure he was laser sharp at that point full of adrenaline. He brought us in safe and it was a softer landing than I’ve had on different planes, so it was good.”
On land , the authorities had all the emergency services ready to act if required.