Paramedics practicing their response to a plane crash have been put to the test at a regional Australian airport when a plane radioed in with a real distress call.

Emergency services were at Albury airport on Wednesday morning (local time), rehearsing their response to a scenario in which a plane skidded off the runway and split in two, when a real plane with 38 people on board came into difficulty.

The Qantas plane, which was headed to the NSW-Victorian border town, managed to land safely 20 minutes after the alarm was raised.

“We were extremely pleased with the result … we even had a NSW Ambulance chaplain on scene to speak to passengers as they came off the plane,” NSW Ambulance Inspector Rod Hannan said in a statement.

A QantasLink spokesman said the pilot of the plane had chosen to shut off one of the engines due to an issue related to oil pressure in the engine.

“The aircraft can safely fly under the power of one engine,” the spokesman said in a statement to AAP on Wednesday.

“The aircraft landed safely and before the passengers left the aircraft, the captain explained what occurred.”

The spokesman said having emergency services on stand-by in such situations is “standard procedure”.