Timaru flight diverted

23:49, Feb 22 2013

A flight from Wellington to Timaru made an unscheduled stop in Blenheim on Thursday due to engineering issues, an Air New Zealand spokesperson said.

The issue was quickly resolved and the aircraft continued on to Timaru, arriving about 50 minutes after the scheduled arrival time, spokesperson Marie Hosking said.

A flight from Wellington to Timaru was also diverted to Christchurch on Sunday morning due to weather conditions in Timaru.

The return flight to Wellington flight was also cancelled.

Air New Zealand subsidiary Eagle Air, that provides the Timaru-Wellington service, grounded its Beech 1900D aircraft last August after a hairline crack was found in the tail of an aircraft during maintenance checks.

Air New Zealand spokeswoman Kelly Kilgour said this week the fleet had returned to full service and the normal schedule resumed in November. She added there would naturally be some disruptions from time to time.


The Timaru Herald