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Air Force Orion in fire alert

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/05/2017

A Royal New Zealand Air Force Orion. © Jason Oxenham/Getty Images A Royal New Zealand Air Force Orion. An Orion Air Force plane has had a fire alert at Auckland's air base, with city firefighting units receiving an initial call out to help.

A defence force spokesman said the Orion had an "engine fire indication while taxiing" at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Auckland.

"The crew conducted a precautionary shutdown and evacuated with no injuries," he said.

A Fire Service spokesman said city units received a call out to the incident but were stood down once arriving at the base in the suburb of Whenuapai.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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