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Ipswich family caught in Jetstar drama

TROUBLED TRIP: Sisters Angela and Taylah Gee wait for another plane to leave Brisbane after their original Jetstar flight was forced to make an emergency landing.
TROUBLED TRIP: Sisters Angela and Taylah Gee wait for another plane to leave Brisbane after their original Jetstar flight was forced to make an emergency landing. Contributed

A HARRISVILLE family had a harrowing start to their New Zealand holiday when the Christchurch-bound Jetstar flight they boarded was forced to make an emergency landing.

Harrisville resident Judy Gee described the fear she and her family felt as the Jetstar JQ189 flight was forced to divert to Brisbane yesterday morning.

"We heard a loud bang when we got off the ground and then a couple minutes later when we were in the air a guy started screaming that he could see flames coming out of the engine," she said.

"About 10 minutes in they let us know we were flying on one engine and that we would be flying along the coast until they could get us into Brisbane.

"It was a little bit scary at the time so we are all definitely glad to be on solid ground. I know there were a few other people on the plane from Ipswich as well but everyone agreed the pilot did a great job."

Jetstar is currently working with the engine manufacturer to determine the cause of the fault.

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