Tiger Airways plane makes emergency landing in Melbourne

The Australian government says a Tiger Airways airliner has made an emergency landing in the city of Melbourne after an odor was detected and crew members were reported ill.

Transport Minister Darren Chester said in a statement the Airbus A320 carrying 80 passengers and crew from Brisbane registered an emergency as it approached Melbourne Airport on Tuesday morning.

The fire brigade and ambulance were put on standby, but the plane landed safely.

Tiger Airways said the crew detected an "unusual odor" in the cabin during the descent into Melbourne.

It said four cabin crew members underwent medical assessments on arrival and were cleared of any medical problems.

Australian air safety investigators and engineers are investigating.