Smoke poured into the cockpit of a small plane as it landed at Nelson Airport yesterday afternoon, sparking a full emergency.
The Air New Zealand flight from Wellington with 17 passengers on board stopped on the taxiway at the northern end of the airport after pilots detected an electrical smell in the cockpit during its landing approach at around 3.30pm.
A spokesman said the passengers were disembarked and transported to the terminal by shuttle bus.
An Air New Zealand spokesman said the Beech 1900 aircraft would now be inspected by engineers to determine the cause of the smell. The incident sparked a full emergency with fire engines called from Richmond, Nelson and Stoke.
St John Tasman district operations manager James McMeekin said ambulances had also responded to the full emergency call, but were stood down when it was discovered that no-one was injured or required medical attention.
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Tasman District Commander Superintendent Richard Chambers, who was on the plane, said that shortly after landing the cockpit filled with smoke. ''You could see it was slightly cloudy.''
There was no panic and the pilots were very quick in shutting down the plane, and in advising passengers that they needed to get off the plane, he said.
''The two Air New Zealand pilots did a magnificient job in getting everyone off.''
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