A plane carrying Vice President Dan Quayle touched down safely Saturday in the Australian resort city of Cairns after a warning light falsely indicated a possible engine fire, a spokesman said.

In Washington, Craig Whitney, Quayle's deputy press secretary, said the pilot of the Boeing 707 airliner dubbed Air Force Two received what proved to be a false signal that one of its engines was on fire."The pilots noticed what is referred to as the `fire light' flickering - all it did was flicker - while en route from Sidney to Cairns," Whitney said. He said upon landing, they "checked out the problem and found no fire."