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Plane lands safely in Australia after propeller falls off

  • This image made from video shows a passenger plane without a propeller, being moved at Sydney Airport, in Sydney, Australia Friday, March 17, 2017. The plane landed safely Friday after one of its two propellers fell off in an extraordinary emergency as it approached the airport. The Regional Express Airlines crew reported the right engine propeller assembly separated from the Saab 340 airliner 20 kilometers (12 miles) southwest of the airport, Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesman Peter Gibson said.  (Channel 9 via AP)

    This image made from video shows a passenger plane without a propeller, being moved at Sydney Airport, in Sydney, Australia Friday, March 17, 2017. The plane landed safely Friday after one of its two propellers fell off in an extraordinary emergency as it approached the airport. The Regional Express Airlines crew reported the right engine propeller assembly separated from the Saab 340 airliner 20 kilometers (12 miles) southwest of the airport, Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesman Peter Gibson said. (Channel 9 via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This image made from video shows a passenger plane being moved at Sydney Airport, in Sydney, Australia Friday, March 17, 2017. The plane landed safely Friday after one of its two propellers fell off in an extraordinary emergency as it approached the airport. The Regional Express Airlines crew reported the right engine propeller assembly separated from the Saab 340 airliner 20 kilometers (12 miles) southwest of the airport, Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesman Peter Gibson said.  (Channel 9 via AP)

    This image made from video shows a passenger plane being moved at Sydney Airport, in Sydney, Australia Friday, March 17, 2017. The plane landed safely Friday after one of its two propellers fell off in an extraordinary emergency as it approached the airport. The Regional Express Airlines crew reported the right engine propeller assembly separated from the Saab 340 airliner 20 kilometers (12 miles) southwest of the airport, Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesman Peter Gibson said. (Channel 9 via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This image made from video shows a passenger plane being moved at Sydney Airport, in Sydney, Australia Friday, March 17, 2017. The plane landed safely Friday after one of its two propellers fell off in an extraordinary emergency as it approached the airport. The Regional Express Airlines crew reported the right engine propeller assembly separated from the Saab 340 airliner 20 kilometers (12 miles) southwest of the airport, Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesman Peter Gibson said.  (Channel 9 via AP)

    This image made from video shows a passenger plane being moved at Sydney Airport, in Sydney, Australia Friday, March 17, 2017. The plane landed safely Friday after one of its two propellers fell off in an extraordinary emergency as it approached the airport. The Regional Express Airlines crew reported the right engine propeller assembly separated from the Saab 340 airliner 20 kilometers (12 miles) southwest of the airport, Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesman Peter Gibson said. (Channel 9 via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A passenger plane has landed safely after one of its two propellers fell off in an extraordinary emergency as it approached Sydney's main airport.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesman Peter Gibson says Regional Express Airlines crew reported the right engine propeller assembly separated from the Saab 340 plane 20 kilometers (12 miles) southwest of Sydney Airport.

Flight 768 was carrying 16 passengers and three crew from Albury, 500 kilometers (300 miles) southwest of Sydney. Accident investigators have appealed to anyone who finds propeller parts on Sydney's outskirts to come forward to help explain what went wrong.

The parts that fell off apparently did not cause further damage to the plane.