Airport activates emergency services

Queenstown Airport emergency services were activated yesterday morning after the pilot of a light aircraft raised concerns on approach.

Airport communications and community general manager Jen Andrews said the plane, understood to be a Piper aircraft, landed safely a short time after the pilot radioed ahead, about 10.45am.

The Frankton Volunteer Fire Brigade was also called to the incident.

But a Fire and Emergency Services New Zealand spokesman said ''it was all over before we got a truck out the door''.

''My understanding is [it was] a light aircraft coming in with some sort of problem.

''We don't know what the nature of the problem was, but it landed within two minutes of us getting the notification of it.

''It was all over before we did anything ... it landed safely.''

Ms Andrews said the incident did not affect other services at Queenstown Airport.

The Civil Aviation Authority was unable to respond by deadline.

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