Qantas plane towed out of way at Auckland airport

STACEY KIRK
Last updated 13:34 30/07/2013
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TRAVEL HAVOC: A Qantas plane, believed to have broken down on a runway at Auckland Airport.

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The Qantas plane that broke down on the runway has been towed away, but there will be delays and possibly cancellations as a result of the partial closure of the runway.

The airport said the plane, which had arrived from Sydney, had problems with its brakes as it was taxiing off the runway.

It waited to be towed for at least half an hour, and flights had been diverted to other airports.

Some flights had been diverted to Christchurch and Wellington.

An Auckland Airport spokesman said the plane broke down on the taxiway, but for safety reasons officials decided to close part of the runway.

The runway was now fully operational and several redirected flights were returning.

A Qantas spokeswoman said it was now business as usual, and one flight had already departed since the plane was towed away.

When the plane broke down, passengers were transferred to the terminal by bus, and the aircraft was towed to the gate.

Flights had already been delayed at the airport because of heavy fog.

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