updated 8/3/2008 3:15:45 PM ET 2008-08-03T19:15:45

Australia's aviation agency has launched a review of Qantas Airways' safety standards after the airline had its third high-profile emergency landing in eight days.

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The review was announced after an incident involving a Manila-bound Boeing 767 that was seen leaking hydraulic fluid Saturday after take-off. The jetliner with 200 passengers aboard had to return to Sydney airport.

A Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesman said there was "no evidence to suggest" any problems with Qantas, but it was "prudent and wise" to investigate the matter.

On July 25th, an explosion on board a Qantas Boeing 747 en route to Australia blew a hole in the fuselage. The jet landed safely in Manila despite damaged navigational instruments.

Last Tuesday, a domestic flight was forced to return after a wheel bay door failed to close.

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