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Qantas breakdown closes Auckland’s single runway

July 31, 2013 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Auckland Airport’s single runway closed for a time yesterday after a Qantas aircraft broke down, reportedly suffering brake problems, shortly after landing after flying from Sydney.

New Zealand news source NZCity reported that the plane was taxiing off the runway yesterday morning when the pilots reported some snag with the brakes.

An Auckland Airport spokesman said the runway was closed for safety reasons until the plane could be removed. Once that happened, it reopened.Twitpic of QF plane in Auckland

The runway closure came on the wrong day – the morning had already seen flight delays and cancellations caused by fog and low cloud. Poor visibility in Auckland delayed over 20 regional flights throughout New Zealand and delayed many others.

Fog restrictions were lifted at 11.20am, only for the Qantas flight to arrive a little later and break down. The plane waited for “at least half an hour” to be towed, Fairfax New Zealand reported

Some flights were diverted to Christchurch and Wellington until the plane was towed.

Auckland Airport has a single runway with a capacity of about 45 flight movements an hour. Work began on a second runway in 2007 in what was seen as a 10-year project. The project was put on hold in 2009 and has yet to re-start.

Written by : Peter Needham

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