Unscheduled landing for Air NZ flight

An Air New Zealand aircraft (not pictured) was forced to turn back from a planned flight to Buenos Aires due to a ‘possible engineering issue’. File photo.

An Air New Zealand aircraft made an unscheduled landing last night after circling Tauranga and an area of ocean east of the Coromandel.

Flight NZ30 left Auckland for Buenos Aires at 8.21pm, but returned an hour and a half later as a precaution due to a ‘possible engineering issue’, according to an airline spokesperson.

“The aircraft, which was less than an hour into its journey, circled for a short time to reduce fuel weight before landing without incident at around 9.50pm,” she says.

“Customers on this service are now booked to travel on an alternative service today.”

Earlier this week, another Air New Zealand flight, this time bound for Japan, was forced to return to Auckland after experiencing engine issues.

The pilot elected to shut down one of the plane's engines as a precaution during flight NZ99 to Narita, Tokyo.

However, an Air New Zealand spokesperson says these were two different aircraft.

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