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Rex flight forced to return to city

Wednesday, 2nd March, 2011

A passenger flight from Broken Hill to Sydney was forced to return to the city shortly after takeoff on Monday after experiencing engine problems.

Regional Express (rex) Flight ZL863 operating from Broken Hill to Sydney via Dubbo was brought back to the city following a cockpit warning indication.

In accordance with company procedures, the pilot carried out an engine shutdown as a precaution.

The aircraft landed safely at 3.10pm and passengers and crew were unharmed as a result of the incident.

A spokesperson for Rex said the airline was not obliged to reveal how many passengers were on board, but said the company arranged for an additional flight to get them to their destinations.

Engineers are now inspecting the aircraft to find the cause of the problem.

Regional Express (Rex) is Australia's largest independent regional airline operating a fleet of more than 40 Saab 340 aircraft on some 1,300 weekly flights to 35 destinations throughout NSW, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Queensland.

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