Air New Zealand Jet With More Than 100 Aboard Makes Emergency Landing

Air New Zealand jet with more than 100 aboard makes emergency landing after engine shuts down midflight.

Air New Zealand Jet With More Than 100 Aboard Makes Emergency LandingAn Air New Zealand passenger aircraft with more than 100 on board was forced to make an emergency landing in Hamilton this morning after one of its engines shut down mid-flight.

There were 101 people on board the Boeing 737, which was heading to Auckland from Wellington.

The plane touched down safely and nobody was hurt.

Fire Service northern communications spokesman Jaron Phillips told NZPA three fire crews were sent on standby to Hamilton Airport at 10.20am.

"We initially thought the plane was going to return and make a landing at Auckland Airport, but it ended up diverting to Hamilton Airport.

"It landed safely and the passengers disembarked," he said.

The problem was most likely caused by low oil pressure, said an Air New Zealand spokesman.

Engineers were due to investigate it this afternoon.

NZ Herald