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Palmerston North flights cancelled after emergency landing

Radio New Zealand logo Radio New Zealand 9/04/2017

© Shutterstock All flights in and out of Palmerston North have been cancelled after an Air New Zealand flight made an emergency landing there at about 5pm.

NZ5075 from Auckland to Nelson diverted to Palmerston North with suspected problems with its landing gear this afternoon.

Air New Zealand said the flight landed safely, and all 64 passengers and the five crew evacuated the ATR72 aircraft on the runway.

It said the aircraft would remain on the runway until it had been inspected by engineers.

It said the nine remaining Air New Zealand services in and out of Palmerston North had been cancelled as a result.

It said the Captain met and debriefed the passengers, who would now be transported by road to Wellington to continue their journeys.

Air New Zealand said passengers who were booked on flights into or out of Palmerston North flights tonight could rebook or receive a full refund of their ticket.

The Air New Zealand flight which declared a full emergency or Mayday due to problems with its main landing gear landed safely at Palmerston North Airport at 4.45pm.

The Fire Service said the Mayday was declared by Palmerston North airport just before 3.30pm.

Air New Zealand said the flight, NZ5075, from Auckland to Nelson was diverted to Palmerston North where the pilots followed standard operating procedures and requested emergency services be on standby for the landing.

It said the aircraft had a suspected nose gear issue and landed without incident.

The Fire Service had five crews on standby, along with the airport's own crash fire units, and had several other support units in the vicinity just in case they were needed.

The aircraft had been diverted to a holding pattern to burn fuel.

Earlier, the Fire Service said the aircraft had a problem with the right main landing gear.

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