Customs and Border Protection aircraft in emergency landing at Merimbula

Police, fire and ambulance services rushed to Merimbula airport on Monday, June 2, when an Australian Customs and Border Protection aircraft made an emergency landing.

The crew of the Dash 8 made a ‘PAN’ call shortly before 1pm requesting all emergency services to be available, citing a “mechanical issue” with the aircraft.

Emergency services rushed to the airport as the plane landed, without incident.

In a statement issued to the News Weekly, Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS), said: “An ACBPS Dash-8 aircraft experienced a malfunction to one of its air speed indicators at 12.40 AEST during a flight near Merimbula.

The aircraft crew conducted standard precautionary procedures and the aircraft was landed safely with all personnel safe and accounted for.

ACBPS is conducting investigations into the cause of the air speed indicator malfunction and, having now identified the cause, is expecting the aircraft to return to service shortly.”