Air New Zealand flight NZ296 to Samoa, a B777-200, turned back to Auckland after the pilot detected a problem shortly after take-off on Saturday evening.
According to New Zealand media reports, passengers claimed they were compensated with a NZD 15 voucher.
Air New Zealand stated the passengers were given “refreshment vouchers to allow them to buy something to eat while they awaited the departure of their flight to Apia, which has now departed after engineers rectified the engineering issue”, Fairfax Media in New Zealand reported.
Some observers reported smoke from the plane after landing, but that was apparently “a small amount of hydraulic fluid caused by the engineering issue” which dripped onto the hot brakes after the aircraft landed, producing smoke but no threat of fire.
The flight was reportedly about 45 minutes into the journey to Apia when the captain announced a technical problem and decided to turn back.
The plane dumped fuel before landing, passengers said.
Written by Peter Needham