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Fault turns back plane at Auckland

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/08/2016

There may have been smoke when an Air New Zealand plane made an emergency return to Auckland's airport - but there was no fire, the airline says.

Emergency services were called to Auckland Airport at about 10am on Saturday, after a Samoa-bound Boeing 777 had to make an emergency return to the runway.

Witnesses reported seeing smoke coming from the plane's brakes, but Air New Zealand says an engineering problem had caused hydraulic fluid to leak onto the hot breaks, shooting off smoke.

A spokeswoman said there was no fire but engineers were inspecting the plane for a mechanical fault.

The incident prompted slight delays at the airport, after the runway was briefly closed in an emergency lockdown following the plane's safe landing.

There were 293 passengers on board and no reports of injuries.

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