A domestic Air New Zealand flight was aborted shortly after
take off this morning due to concerns over one of its
A spokeswoman for the airline said flight NZ508 travelling
from Christchurch to Auckland returned to Auckland shortly
after take-off as a precautionary measure this morning.
The pilots opted to return to Christchurch as a precautionary
measure after a cockpit indicator light briefly illuminated
once they reached cruise altitude.
Engineers had since inspected the Boeing 737 aircraft, which
had been cleared to return to service.
Passengers were re-accommodated on another service which left
Christchurch at 10am.
A passenger on the plane said the flight boarded as normal
and left Christchurch on time at 8.55am.
"Just after our takeoff we were told that there was an
indication of a slight problem with one of the engines [and]
we had to go back to Christchurch."
The plane had only been in the air for approximately five
minutes before it turned back, the passenger said.
There were no obvious problems with the aeroplane, she added.
- By Brendan Manning of APNZ