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December 7, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

One of Air New Zealand’s new Dreamliner B787-9 aircraft, carrying 268 passengers and 14 crew, was forced to return to Auckland on a flight to Japan on Tuesday, after the plane started shaking and a series of disturbing sounds issued from one of the engines.

According to the authoritative Aviation Herald, passengers reported the plane “began to shake violently, there were weird noises, clunking sounds, and electrical power went temporarily out”.

The problem struck about 30 minutes into the flight. The captain announced a minor technical problem with one of the engines and the aircraft turned and headed back to Auckland.

London-based New Zealand comedian and TV presenter Rose Matafeo was on the flight and made the comment above on Twitter


On landing, fire trucks sprayed the left side of the aircraft, the Aviation Herald said, adding that the engine was a Roll-Royce Trent 1000.

Air New Zealand said the captain chose to shut down one of the engines as a precaution before returning to Auckland.

A spokeswoman for the airline in Auckland told Fairfax in New Zealand the pilot requested emergency services stand by for the landing, “in line with normal operating procedures”.

Air New Zealand currently operates 11 B787-9 aircraft and all are new by world standards. The first one to join its fleet was handed over to the airline on 8 July 2014 at Boeing’s Everett plant in Washington, arriving in Auckland three days later. That plane (designated ZK-NZE) was the one involved in this incident.

Written by Peter Needham

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