A Regional Express flight travelling from Sydney to Merimbula Airport via Moruya has made an emergency landing overnight after one of the plane’s engine’s reportedly caught fire during the flight.

According to Sydney Morning Herald, Fire and Rescue NSW crews attended Merimbula airport at about 8:15pm after reports that one of the Saab 340 aircraft’s had lost an engine in a fire.

The flight had left Sydney at 6:45pm on Thursday and stopped over in Moruya. The fire is believed to have broken out during the second leg of the journey from Moruya to Merimbula.

Rex flight ZL139 had about 20 passengers on board plus crew members at the time but no one was injured as the plane managed to land safely.

One of the passengers, Vicki Hodges, wrote about the terrifying experience on Facebook saying that is was “the most terrifying experience of my life”.

“Engine blew up just out of Moruya so flew 40 minutes on 1 engine. The wonderful pilots got us home safely,” she said.

Fire and Rescue NSW’s Eden Branch said that an emergency response plan was put into action with fire crews, NSW Ambulance and NSW Police all called to the airport as the plane landed.


“Emergency services were told prior to the plane landing (the) plane had an engine fire which had been extinguished by the pilots. The plane landed safely and landed as normal. None of the passengers or crew were injured, “ they said in a statement.