This blog started off by focussing on NZ's smaller 3rd level airlines, past and present. It has evolved to trying to present some record of NZ's domestic airline operations and some of the larger charter operators, interesting NZ international airliner movements and photos I have taken around the country. Comments, corrections or contributions are welcome, Steve - email@example.com
Passengers heard a loud bang as a plane accelerated along the runway at Wellington International Airport shortly before an engine was shut down yesterday afternoon. A passenger on the Beech 1900 bound for Blenheim said he heard the bang which sounded like a tyre blowing out, about 2.15pm. The port side engine was shut down and the plane went through emergency shutdown procedures, the passenger said. The pilot tried to turn the prop when he got out, but could not, he said. There were about 14 passengers on board. "Everyone was pretty jokey about it, but everybody was pretty thankful it happened (before takeoff)," he said. An Air New Zealand spokeswoman told The Marlborough Express this morning crew heard the bang and the pilot shut the engine down. The plane taxied back to the ramp. The incident comes after a Beech 1900 aircraft, ZK-EAA, which took off from Blenheim Airport, had to turn back after a pilot noticed inconsistencies in the engine power settings, on Tuesday morning. An engine was shut down, but the plane landed safely under a local standby and no fault was found, the spokeswoman said. The aircraft involved in the two incidents were not the same, she said.