An Air NZ A320 has made an emergency landing at Melbourne
Airport night after experiencing engine trouble shortly after
A pilot on board Flight NZ726, which had 145 passengers and
six crew on board, made a mayday call soon after taking off
for Auckland just before 8pm last night.
Emergency services, including eight fire engines and police,
rushed to the airport but the flight landed without incident.
Kiwi comedian Jeremy Elwood was on board and tweeted soon
after it landed.
"In all my years of flying, I just had my first turnaround
due to engine failure. Hello again, Melbourne!"
When asked on Twitter what the engine failure sounded like
and whether the passengers could hear it, Elwood said: "Nope,
all very calm.
Plane just turned around. Fire engines waiting for us when we
landed but no fire."
Air NZ spokesman Andrew Aitken said engineers were still
investigating the nature of the fault but reports of a fuel
leak were incorrect.
He said passengers would be put up in a hotel tonight and
accommodated on alternative services tomorrow.
Melbourne Airport spokeswoman Anna Gillett said the captain's
mayday call was standard practice in such a situation and the
incident was all over within 30 minutes.