Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Emergency landing at Auckland International Airport

A Boeing 767 jet has landed safely after a full emergency call out at Auckland International Airport this morning.

Fire communications manager Jaron Phillips said the aircraft had an undercarriage gear warning indication so declared an emergency.

There were 230 passengers aboard the Air New Zealand flight from Honolulu to Auckland.

Both airport crash fire units and Mangere fire engines turned out and the plane landed safely just after 6.30am.

Air New Zealand said the incident wasn't an emergency landing. A spokeswoman said there was an issue with a cockpit indicator light.

"The light, which would normally confirm the landing gear was in place, failed to come on during the approach phase.

"The captain took the precautionary step of advising air traffic control. A visual check and other on board systems confirmed the gear was in place and the flight landed safely with no further incident."

Alastair Baker and his wife were aboard the plane and said it "wasn't as dramatic as it sounds".

"That said it was a relief to touch down safely on all three wheels," he said. "Everyone remained calm and the captain and crew kept us informed and remained very optimistic that the problem wasn't as serious as first thought.

"My wife's only concern was that if things had gone wrong her shopping would be lost."

Another passenger said the captain remained "very calm and assured passengers that it was probably just the bulb not the undercarriage itself".

Source:   http://www.stuff.co.nz

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