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Air NZ plane’s cargo door opens midair

Posted by feww on April 9, 2010

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Air New Zealand plane’s cargo door opens midair, forces emergency landing.

Air New Zealand Eagle Air plane on a flight from Auckland to Wangarei this morning was forced into an emergency landing minutes after take off after the plane’s cargo door blew open at an altitude of about 200m.

Air New Zealand has reportedly apologized to the passengers, some of who may well have experienced heart attack type pains in their chests, and soiled their pants from fear.

Air NZ spokesperson said the passengers had been re-booked on other services to Wangarei, according to a report.

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Air NZ in another emergency landing scare

Posted by feww on February 4, 2010

Air NZ Flight 106 Another ‘Close Call’

Air NZ Flight with Up to 400 People on Board Came Close to Another Disaster

“… everybody was quietly crapping themselves,” Air NZ passenger

Passengers on Air New Zealand flight 106 from Sydney (Australia) to Auckland (New Zealand)  were terrified when the pilot warned them to be prepared for an emergency landing as the flight approached Auckland airspace Tuesday night.

Air New Zealand Boeing 767-300 reportedly had a problem with it’s wing flaps, according to a report.

“… everybody was very quiet and rather concerned,” said passenger Kevin Donovan.

“It was pretty obvious that something was going on because we were circling … for quite some time.”

“Then the pilot came on and made a somewhat unusual announcement. He said, ‘For those of you who fly regularly, you probably realise something is up.’ And everyone sort of went quiet, like ‘what?’

“And he said they couldn’t open the flaps, and although that wasn’t going to cause a problem with the landing, the landing was going to be extremely high speed, therefore it was an emergency landing situation.” Mr Donovan said.

Passengers were told to remove their spectacles, if they wore one, and put them in the seat pocket, Mr Donovan said.

They were also instructed to read the safety instructions and “understand the best brace position”.

“And I think at that point, everybody was quietly crapping themselves.” He told the reporters.

“The jet seemed to circle for another 15 minutes, and then the passengers were told the crew had managed to partially remedy the problem, meaning it was no longer going to be an emergency landing.” The report said.

“It obviously meant a lot of relief for everybody, but when we came in to land, we came in pretty bloody fast still. There was a lot of clapping when the plane landed.”

“It was quite funny when they said, ‘Thank you for choosing the airline voted most popular in the world.’ Everyone sort of cracked up and thought, ‘Well, I bet it’s not so popular with these people on here right now’.”

The number of passengers and crew were carefully kept out of the report, but it’s believed the plane was carrying up to 375  passengers as well as a crew of 25.

The big scare comes less than two days after another Air New Zealand flight was involved in an emergency runway stop at Japan’s Narita Airport.

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Qantas pilots nix flight as cabin loses pressure

Posted by feww on July 25, 2009

Qantas pilots land plane as cabin pressure falls at 7,000 m

Following a spate of mishaps that have plagued Qantas flights in recent weeks, including incidents of lightening strikes,  a flight was canceled today after plane lost cabin pressure.

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Pilots of a Qantas plane abandoned flight to Brisbane today after a mechanical fault led to loss of cabin pressure following take-off from Auckland, New Zealand. (July 25, 2009, 4:58 pm). Image: Yahoo News. Image may be subject to copyright.

The pilots of a Qantas passenger jet abandoned flight to Brisbane today after a mechanical fault led to the loss of cabin pressure within minutes of take-off from Auckland, New Zealand.

The plane had climbed to 7000 meters when the pilots noticed it was losing cabin pressure. However the landed the plane carrying 91 passengers safely. A report said.

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