A Sydney-bound Air New Zealand flight from Auckland was forced to return to the gate before take-off yesterday after passengers looked out the window and noticed an engine had started emitting smoke.
A “strange, acrid smell” filled the cabin, reports from New Zealand said.
Fairfax in New Zealand quoted TVNZ reporter Andrea Vance, a passenger on the NZ103 flight, saying she saw smoke coming from the right engine. She said fire crews were following the plane.
The strange odour was detected just after the safety video finished.
In an issued statement, Air New Zealand said NZ103 returned to the gate after an “engineering issue” was detected while the aircraft was taxiing to the runway.
Engineers were inspecting the aircraft, the airline said, and it was “working through options for reaccommodating customers booked to travel on this service”.
The incident comes just four days after an Air New Zealand domestic flight made an emergency landing at Auckland Airport after suffering engine problems.
In that incident, flight NZ8117 from Auckland to Palmerston North ran into trouble shortly after take-off and the pilot elected to shut down one of the engines as a precaution before landing without incident.
Written by William Sykes