Air New Zealand plane makes emergency landing in Palmerston North

A plane has turned back after a mechanical fault was detected.
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A plane has turned back after a mechanical fault was detected.

An Air New Zealand aeroplane was forced to make an emergency landing after its landing gear failed to retract.

Emergency services were called to Palmerston North Airport about 10.30am on Thursday. 

An Air New Zealand spokeswoman said flight NZ5106, which set out from Palmerston North for Auckland about 9.55am, was returning due to an issue with one of its hydraulics systems.  

An Airways Corporation spokeswoman said the ATR aircraft notified the Airways Corporation of a faulty landing gear, which failed to retract after take-off.

"We notified emergency services," she said. 

"The pilot was in the air for about an hour and 45 minutes and landed safely."

The plane landed about midday.

The spokeswoman did not know how many people were on board.

Emergency services are on standby for the landing as a precautionary measure.

 

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