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Security scare at Auckland Airport

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/11/2016

A plane delayed at Auckland Airport because of a threatening text has now departed for Christchurch.

Flight 501 took off one hour and 20 minutes behind schedule at 8.20am after authorities had removed its passengers to allow security checks of the aircraft.

"Aviation security and police have since cleared the aircraft and the flight has now departed Auckland," an Air New Zealand spokeswoman said.

Police said a passenger had received a non-specific threat via text, but that everybody was safe.

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