Passengers stranded in Hawaii after an aborted Air New
Zealand flight will spend a third night in hotels.
A faulty indication system prompted pilots to cancel flight
NZ09 on Sunday (NZT). Two rescheduled departures were
cancelled after Air NZ tried to repair the faulty system on
the Boeing 767-300 aircraft.
This afternoon the airline announced that a replacement part
flown in to fix the fault had ``failed to resolve the
engineering issue as expected''.
"Another replacement part is currently en-route to Honolulu
where we have engineers standing by to receive and fit it,
however, that work is unlikely to be completed until the
early hours of tomorrow morning,'' a spokeswoman said.
"To allow our customers to have a night's rest and to arrive
in Auckland at a time that still allows connections to
domestic and trans-Tasman services we have elected to
reschedule the flight from 6pm on Monday local time [4pm on
Tuesday NZT] to 7.30am on Tuesday local time [5.30am on
The rescheduled flight will operate as NZ6889 and is expected
to arrive in Auckland at 2pm on Wednesday July 30.
One passenger said disgruntled travellers are requesting the
flight be put back, so already "grumpy'' children do not have
to leave hotels at 5am local time.
Meanwhile, a number of passengers were earlier placed onto an
Hawaiian Airlines flight, which is due to arrive in Auckland
later this evening.
It is believed around 90 of the 227 stranded passengers were
transferred to this flight.
The original flight NZ09 was aborted during takeoff.
The New Zealand Herald's editor-in-chief Tim Murphy was on
board the flight, and tweeted updates about the problems last
The take off was aborted "at speed mid-runway", he said,
after an indication that the left engine temperature was
"After aborted takeoff, NZ9 Honolulu-Akl now likely cancelled
as replacement part to fix engine/indicator light must come
from mainland US,'' he posted.
"After 'scouring Honolulu airport for parts' NZ9 is
officially cancelled and with crew needing 10 hour break it's
back to the beach for all.''
He is understood to be among the passengers transferred to
the Hawaiian Airlines flight.
The two day delay has been marked by complaints of a lack of
communication from Air NZ to stranded passengers, some
complaining they'd had "no updates from anyone''.
In response Air NZ said: "Exercise Rimpac, the world's
largest military exercise, is currently taking place in
Honolulu. The event attracts 25,000 participants so as you
can appreciate the customers were distributed across a number
of hotels in order to secure the required number of rooms at
short notice. This has made communicating with them