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Passengers taken off Air NZ flight after threat

Radio New Zealand logo Radio New Zealand 22/11/2016

An Air New Zealand flight at Auckland Airport has been evacuated this morning after a threatening text was sent to a passenger.

The plane was due to fly to Christchurch at 7am.

Police said a passenger recieved a text with a non-specific threat and the procedure was then to evacuate the aircraft and check it.

Passengers, including Labour MP Jacinda Ardern, were taken off the plane and police and dog units were then sent aboard.

The flight is now scheduled to leave at 8am.

Ms Ardern said passengers were later allowed to re-board the plane.

The plane has now taken off from Auckland Airport, more than an hour after it was originally scheduled to depart.

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