Air New Zealand plane to Fiji turns back to Auckland
An Air New Zealand flight to Fiji was forced to make a u-turn to Auckland after encountering engineering issues on Wednesday.
The partner of a person on board flight NZ52, that left Auckland at 9.35am on Wednesday bound for Nadi, said they were about an hour and a half into the flight when passengers were informed they would have to return to Auckland.
Passengers understood the flight returned to Auckland because the issue could not be fixed in Fiji.
"Those onboard [were] given a cracker biscuit and a drink for the delay of 5 hours."
Air New Zealand spokeswoman Hannah Searle confirmed NZ52 from Auckland to Nadi turned back to Auckland.
"NZ52 departed Auckland at 9.35am and turned around at 11.20am due to an engineering fault. After landing at Auckland Airport the fault was rectified and the aircraft departed Auckland at 2.09pm, landing in Nadi at 5.08pm [local time]."
Searle said reports that an item fell from the plane were incorrect.