Emergency landing averted at Christchurch

A plane has landed safely in Christchurch despite fears it would have to make an emergency landing.

Emergency services were on stand-by for the incoming plane, after the pilot alerted ground staff to a potential problem.

An Air New Zealand spokeswoman said the plane was an Air Nelson flight flying from Invercargill to Christchurch with 48 passengers on board.

A cockpit warning indicator suggested a possible landing gear issue on approach to Christchurch. The captain requested a local stand-by at Christchurch Airport, but no assistance was required.

A fire spokesman confirmed that the plane landed safely at about 10.15am.

The issue was believed to be a fault with the warning system. The aircraft was being checked by engineers.

The Press