Smell forces Air NZ plane to turn around

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

Relevant offers

Travel Troubles

Kiwi Regional back in the air after four day mechanical delay Passenger's shocking meltdown on Frontier flight from Denver to Portland 'It was bloody scary' – plane door appears to come ajar mid-air during domestic NZ flight Three lions lick safari campers' tent in Africa Lufthansa pilot forced to dodge three drones at Bilbao airport Yellowstone charges Kiwi man with walking on hot spring Turtle falls out of luggage on Jetstar flight from Melbourne will be euthanised Police called after naked hotel guest's midnight stroll through Manchester Kangaroo at a zoo attacks zookeeper Turkish Airlines plane in Istanbul evacuated after bomb hoax - spokesman

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