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RNZAF 757 makes safe emergency landing

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/08/2016

A Royal New Zealand Air Force Boeing 757 has made a safe emergency landing in Auckland after possibly blowing a tyre.

Emergency services were called to the landing of the aircraft, carrying 31 people, at Whenuapai Airbase on Monday morning.

The plane landed safely shortly after 10am, following several passes over the landing strip.

Air force crews were now checking the aircraft for overheating with thermal imaging cameras, the Fire Service said.

The 757 experienced vibrations on take off from Whenuapai and was forced to return, a Defence Force spokesperson says.

"An investigation into the incident will be held and no further comment will be made until that is complete," she said.

The plane earlier performed a low sweep of the runway so ground crews could check the undercarriage.

Four fire crews were on stand-by awaiting the plane's arrival.

In late June, an RNZAF Hercules also had to make an emergency landing at Whenuapai after smoke filled its cabin due to an electrical generator fault.

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