Aviation investigators are interviewing the pilots of an Air
New Zealand plane that lost pressure, descended rapidly and
forced passengers to put on oxygen masks.
Five crew members and 76 passengers were given a fright when
the Boeing 737-300 that left Wellington on Friday morning
lost pressure and deployed oxygen masks.
Pilots immediately descended to a level where oxygen masks
were no longer required.
The plane landed in Auckland with no further incident.
Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) aviation
officials undertook initial checks of the aircraft on Friday
and have commenced thorough checks today.
"They've got a plan of attack to systematically go through
everything in the aircraft until they find the cause," TAIC
chief investigator Tim Burfoot told AAP.
Aviation investigators would talk to the pilots on Saturday,
It's not known when the cause of the pressure-loss will be
found, but the plane won't return to the sky until it has
"That wouldn't happen until we're absolutely sure that we've
got the cause and it's been fixed," Mr Burfoot said.