UPDATE: Plane suffers landing gear failure

The plane circling above Tauranga Airport. Photo: Cameron Avery.

UPDATE 9:08pm:

An Air New Zealand plane continues to circle Tauranga airport, suffering from problems with its landing gear.

According to a flight tracker, the plane is currently at 1200 feet and travelling approximately 150mph.

Emergency crews have gathered at Tauranga Airport as a plane continues to circle the runaway.

A reporter at the scene says there are police and fire crews at the airport, waiting for the plane to land.

"As it circled close to me, it looked like the front landing gear wasn't fully engaged.

"Other planes have landed and the this one continues to circle."

From what SunLive has been told, the plane is an inbound flight from Wellington.

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