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November 7, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

After an Air New Zealand flight experienced heavy turbulence and sudden plunges, passengers emerging on landing were shocked to see the windscreen was smashed, reports from New Zealand said yesterday.

The flight was NZ8835 from Hokitika to Christchurch, a South Island domestic sector.

Footage shows a Q300 Bombardier twin-engine turboprop at Christchurch Airport with visible damage to a windscreen, though the screen doesn’t appear to have been penetrated.

TVNZ’s 1 News Now quoted passenger Haydn Draper who said turbulence was so severe water cups flew up from tray tables and slammed into the plane’s ceiling “and I swear if I didn’t have my seatbelt on, I would’ve ended up there too”.

Draper said a bit of turbulence could be fun, but this time “I thought I was going to die”.

He said that when Air New Zealand staff noticed passengers walking across the tarmac filming the shattered windscreen, staff held passengers on the tarmac and asked them to delete any footage.

Draper posted his video to Snapchat, which TVNZ ran with its story.

An Air New Zealand spokesperson told TVNZ that the captain spoke with passengers after landing to explain what had happened, and reminded them of the health and safety restrictions preventing use of mobile phones on the tarmac.

The spokesperson said reducing altitude after the cracking was standard operating procedure and the integrity of the windscreen was never at risk.

Written by Peter Needham

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