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SriLankan Airlines: Mid-air emergency forces international flight back to Melbourne

An international flight was forced to turn back to Australia following reports of smoke in the cockpit shortly after take-off.

SriLankan Airlines flight UL605, which was bound for Colombo, left Melbourne Airport just after 6.30pm (AEST) on Monday night.

But reports of smoke in the cockpit forced the pilot to declare an emergency and return to Victoria, according to Travel Talk

SriLankan Airlines flight UL605, which was bound for Colombo, left Melbourne Airport just after 6.30pm (AEST) but was forced to turn back after nan emergency (stock image)

The transmission of the squad code 7700, which is signals an emergency, meant that the flight became the most tracked in the world with almost 10,000 people tracking it on FlightRadar24.com (pictured: the plane's flight path)

The transmission of the squad code 7700, which is signals an emergency, meant that the flight became the most tracked in the world with almost 10,000 people tracking it on FlightRadar24.com (pictured: the plane’s flight path)

The transmission of the squad code 7700, which is signals an emergency, meant that the flight became the most tracked in the world with almost 10,000 people following it on FlightRadar24.com.

The airline said it had identified a ‘technical issue’.

‘All passengers onboard disembarked safely,’ SriLankan Airlines told 7NEWS.com.au.

‘A team of technicians is currently assessing the aircraft and providing technical support.’

The plane was met by emergency services when it landed.