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Stranded Passengers Happy To Be Going Home to NZ

Passengers stranded in Nadi on Tuesday after their flight developed mechanical problem, were happy to be finally heading home to New Zealand yesterday. Air New Zealand Dreamliner flight NZ53 between
14 Jan 2016 11:57
Stranded Passengers Happy  To Be Going Home to NZ
Air New Zealand aircraft at the Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Passengers stranded in Nadi on Tuesday after their flight developed mechanical problem, were happy to be finally heading home to New Zealand yesterday.

Air New Zealand Dreamliner flight NZ53 between Nadi and Auckland returned to Nadi 25 minutes after take-off on Tuesday afternoon due to an engineering issue with the aircraft.

Among passengers accommodated overnight on Tuesday at Novotel Nadi was student Elenoa Naborisi of Auckland. Ms Naborisi, 22, originally from Nakasaleka, Kadavu, said: “It’s better to be safe than sorry”.

The same sentiments were shared by other passengers.

“I was just happy that we were not far away from Nadi Airport.” said Ms Naborisi, who is studying to be a school teacher.

She said: “The captain told us to do a U-turn because one of the wings was not working properly.

“The plane took off for approximately 25 to 30 minutes before an announcement was made by the captain.

“They then told us that another aircraft was coming from Auckland to bring the part of the plane that was needed.”

Another passenger, Livia Tawake, a Hamilton school teacher, originally of Muanaira, Vutia, Rewa, said they were just thankful to be safe.

“We were told there was a problem with a wing. They could not retract or slow it down, and they did not have spare a part so another plane was asked to bring it down to Fiji,” the mother of five said.

Air NZ said in a statement: “The aircraft indicated a component of the aircraft wing which is deployed for take-off and landing, failed to properly retract as it should do for the cruise phase of the flight.

“The 271 customers booked to travel on yesterday’s (Tuesday) service were either re-accommodated on a special A320 flight which departed Nadi last night (Tuesday) or provided overnight accommodation and travelled on another aircraft which was flown up to Fiji this morning (yesterday). This flight has since departed Nadi.”

 

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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