An Air New Zealand flight has made an emergency landing at Auckland Airport after the plane's cabin apparently lost pressure and passengers were forced to use oxygen masks.
A passenger on the Boeing 737-300, which left Wellington for Auckland at 7.30am, said that about 15 minutes before the plane was to start landing procedures the oxygen masks dropped from the panels and a continuous "this is an emergency" was played over the public address system.
The passenger said the plane then went into a "very steep" descent for about five minutes before it levelled out again. The plane continued to fly at the lower altitude and passengers were eventually told they could stop using the oxygen masks.
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