A QantasLink Dash 8 aircraft, registered VH-TQS, caught fire after landing at Sydney Airport on November 8, 2022. The turboprop regional airliner had just carried out flight 2265 from Lord Howe Island with 24 passengers onboard.
According to The Australian, the accident occurred at 5:30 pm local time. The fire reportedly originated from somewhere in the aircraft’s undercarriage, in the tire area. No smoke was reported to have entered the cabin during evacuation.
Fire services were dispatched on sight to extinguish the flames. All 24 occupants were evacuated safely without injury.
“Passengers on a flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney were evacuated following reports of flames near the tires after the aircraft had landed safely,” Petrea Bradford, chief operating officer at QantasLink, told ABC. “Airport fire crews attended, passengers were bussed to the terminal and engineers will inspect the aircraft.”
QantasLink DHC-8-200 (VH-TQS, built 1995) apparently experienced a brake fire while taxiing after landing at Sydney-Intl AP (YSSY), NSW, Australia. All 24 passengers on flight #QF2265 from Lord Howe Island were safely evacuated. https://t.co/eerMT6EjVY pic.twitter.com/z4Onwj9CYk
— JACDEC (@JacdecNew) November 8, 2022
An investigation has been opened to determine the cause of the incident.