Unscheduled landing for Air NZ flight

Cornelia Mascio
Dicembre 7, 2017

Yesterday a flight from Auckland to Buenos Aires had spent less than two hours in the air before needing to return to Auckland International Airport.

Air New Zealand said problems with Rolls-Royce engines on its aircraft have forced the carrier to ground some global flights.

A company spokesperson said the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner had returned as a precaution due to "a possible engineering issue".

Rolls-Royce told investors in August that 400 to 500 Trent 1000 engines were affected by issues with components wearing out earlier than expected, according to a conference call transcript.

Air New Zealand Ltd on Thursday said it would cancel and delay some worldwide flights over the coming weeks because engines on its Boeing Co 787-9 jets manufactured by Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC required early maintenance.

Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) chief commissioner Jane Meares said the commission has opened inquiries into both events.

Air NZ says engine maker Rolls-Royce has advised that some of the Trent 1000 engines in the airline's Boeing 787-9 fleet require maintenance sooner than previously indicated.

Passengers said there was shaking and "weird noises" after the plane suffered engine issues and was turned back to Auckland.

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

"Our investigation team is working closely with the airline, Civil Aviation Authority, engine-manufacturer Rolls Royce, and our colleague agencies in the United Kingdom and USA".

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