Unscheduled landing for Air NZ flight

An Air New Zealand aircraft (not pictured) was forced to turn back from a planned flight to Buenos Aires due to a ‘possible engineering issue’. File photo.

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An Air New Zealand aircraft made an unscheduled landing last night after circling Tauranga and an area of ocean east of the Coromandel.

Flight NZ30 left Auckland for Buenos Aires at 8.21pm, but returned an hour and a half later as a precaution due to a ‘possible engineering issue’, according to an airline spokesperson.

“The aircraft, which was less than an hour into its journey, circled for a short time to reduce fuel weight before landing without incident at around 9.50pm,” she says.

“Customers on this service are now booked to travel on an alternative service today.”

Earlier this week, another Air New Zealand flight, this time bound for Japan, was forced to return to Auckland after experiencing engine issues.

The pilot elected to shut down one of the plane’s engines as a precaution during flight NZ99 to Narita, Tokyo.

However, an Air New Zealand spokesperson says these were two different aircraft.

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Posted on 08-12-2017 10:18 | By maildrop

A minor issue with the new Rolls Royce engines on these 787s. A couple of airlines had similar problems last year and RR issued revised maintenance advice. Maybe AirNZ has a wait and see approach?

Two different planes?

Posted on 07-12-2017 16:57 | By MISS ADVENTURE

One with the same problem is bad, two with the same issues is heading for epidemic?

Worlds best, pah

Posted on 07-12-2017 10:59 | By maildrop

Reminds me of the two aborted take offs for Hawaii and a 10 hour delay, whilst they parked one rickety old 767 and dusted down another old 767.