Qantas airliner diverts after cockpit fire doused

SYDNEY (AP) — Qantas says a flight from Manila to Sydney has been diverted to the northern Australian city of Cairns after an electrical fault sparked flames and smoke in the cockpit.

The Australian carrier says in a statement Thursday the pilots extinguished the fire near the windscreen about 50 minutes before the Airbus A330 landed safely early on Wednesday.

Qantas says: “There were no ill effects or injuries experienced by any of the 147 passengers or 11 crew and all passengers were accommodated on other domestic services to complete their journey to Sydney.”

Qantas’ safety reputation has been shaken by a series of high-profile incidents including an engine explosion on an Airbus A380 superjumbo jet in November last year. No one was injured.