Smell forces Air NZ plane to turn around

MICHELLE COOKE
Last updated 15:09 11/08/2012

Relevant offers

Travel Troubles

Jetstar passenger arrested at Christchurch Airport after allegedly groping woman on flight Jetstar plane starts taxiing to runway with ground worker attached to nose United Airlines apologises after making dad 'feel like a criminal' Fog delays 17 flights at Christchurch Airport Drone swerve for plane landing in Scotland Fog restrictions lifted at Auckland Airport but delays expected Fog expected to delay flights in Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown, Invercargill MPI issued a $400 fine for having fruit, but a judge thought it warranted $20 United Airlines accidentally removed Kiwi Ben Kepes' carry-on bag, leaving him stranded in San Francisco with no wallet or passport Rubbish, cars and campsites left at 'shanty town' freedom camping spot in Takaka

An Air New Zealand plane was forced to return to Auckland this morning after an "unusual smell" was reported in the cabin.

The plane was one hour into a flight from Auckland to Sydney when someone reported smelling fumes in the rear of the cabin, passenger Stephen Barker said.

Staff told passengers that the safest option was to return to New Zealand, he said.

NZ703 left Auckland at 9am but was now back at the airport while it was being inspected.

All passengers had disembarked the plane and would be re-accommodated on other services, an Air New Zealand spokeswoman said.

The plane had to return after an "unusual smell" was reported in the cabin, she said.

"The flight landed without incident and is now being checked by engineers."

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content