New Zealand

FJ430 returns to Auckland after oxygen supply concerns

Fiji Airways reported the aircraft returned due to a problem with an air valve. The passengers were rebooked onto the next two flights, the remaining passengers were brought to hotels.

Staff Writers

September 16, 2017 8:57 am

An incident report confirmed that the flight returned safely to Auckland.

A Fiji Airways Boeing 737-700, registration DQ-FJF performing flight FJ-430 from Auckland (New Zealand) to Suva (Fiji), was en route at FL340 about 350nm north of Auckland when the crew descended the aircraft to FL100, turned around and returned to Auckland due to a problem with the crew oxygen supply. The aircraft landed safely back in Auckland about 2:10 hours after departure.

The flight route of the FJ430 flight on September 15, 2017 (FlightAware).
The flight route of the FJ430 flight on September 15, 2017 (FlightAware).

In 2013, the same flight turned back due to engine problems.

Fiji Airways spokesperson Shaenaz Voss said the flight had to return to Auckland about 60 minutes into the flight due to a mechanical issue with an aircraft air valve.

“The B737 aircraft returned to Auckland without incident. The flight was cancelled and most guests were transferred to two separate Fiji Airways flights to Fiji this afternoon, departing at 1.26pm and 6 pm today. The remainder will be accommodated in Auckland overnight and will travel tomorrow.”

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