Published on : Friday, May 12, 2017
Thereafter, an emergency was immediately declared at Hamilton Airport on Friday morning after the Air NZ flight that was carrying 32 passengers requested for an emergency landing without delay.
The police and fire personnel responded to the airport, and shut down the roads around it.
Geoffrey Andrew who had been waiting for his brother at the airport said that the aircraft circled about 10 or 20 times prior to landing. He confessed that it was then that he started suspecting that something was amiss. He added that he and the others, who had been waiting for the flight that was carrying their family members, were very anxious and it was a very uncomfortable situation.
Initially, one of the passengers, Martin initially felt that the issue was weather-related.
But then, an announcement was made that mentioned about an issue with the landing gear of the aircraft. It was not retracting properly, he said, and therefore had to contact the engineers on the ground who made attempts to solve the problem.
Despite the issue, the passengers did not seem to be terrified and were in good spirits.
Some of them told the media that though they were slightly nervous, they never panicked about the situation. Later, the passengers were all invited into the Koru Lounge for a debriefing session, according to Martin. A spokesperson of Air New Zealand asserted that there was a problem with a cockpit warning indicator on flight NZ8242 that was travelling to Hamilton from Palmerston.
The plane, however, landed safely around 11.35 a.m.
The aircraft would be inspected by engineers soon, as per the authorities.