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Mechanical fault caused Air NZ flight to return to Fiji

A problem with an Air New Zealand plane’s wing forced an Auckland-bound flight to return to Fiji. NZ53 left Nadi airport on Tuesday afternoon but turned back about 25 minutes into the flight after a component used in takeoff failed to retract. The flight landed safely back in Fiji. Some passengers were re-booked on a […]

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January 14, 2016 7:30 pm

A problem with an Air New Zealand plane’s wing forced an Auckland-bound flight to return to Fiji.

NZ53 left Nadi airport on Tuesday afternoon but turned back about 25 minutes into the flight after a component used in takeoff failed to retract.

The flight landed safely back in Fiji.

Some passengers were re-booked on a special A320 flight which departed Nadi on Tuesday night and others were accommodated overnight on Tuesday at Novotel Nadi and flew out Wednesday morning.

According to Fiji Sun, student Elenoa Naborisi of Auckland was among those who stayed an extra night in Fiji.

Naborisi, 22, told the paper: “The captain told us to do a U-turn because one of the wings was not working properly.

“The plane took off for approximately 25 to 30 minutes before an announcement was made by the captain.

“They then told us that another aircraft was coming from Auckland to bring the part of the plane that was needed.”

Naborisi said she did not mind: “It’s better to be safe than sorry,” she said.

Air NZ told the Fiji Sun: “The aircraft indicated a component of the aircraft wing which is deployed for take-off and landing, failed to properly retract as it should do for the cruise phase of the flight.”

Source: Stuff.co.nz

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