An Air New Zealand Airbus A320 operating a flight from Christchurch to Wellington returned to Christchurch after the pilot noticed some technical issues.
Air New Zealand Airbus A320 returns
The Airbus A320 registered as ZK-OXM was operating flight NZ 338 from Christchurch International Airport to Wellington International Airport.
At 08:42 AM, the aircraft took off from Christchurch Airport. The aircraft attained altitude of 21,000 ft. After this, the pilot initiated the turnback maneuver.
At 08:56 AM, i.e. less than 15 minutes after takeoff, the aircraft started descending.
The pilot noticed some minor discrepancy in the cabin pressure. In the statement issued by the airline, it said that it was not an emergency situation.
Following established safety procedures, the flight crew decided to return to Christchurch. At 09:12 AM, the aircraft successfully touched without any injuries onboard.
The AOG aircraft is under inspection by airline’s engineering team.
About the aircraft
The aircraft involved in this incident is a 6.8 years old Airbus A320-200 registered as ZK-OXM. In October 2016, the aircraft was delivered to Air New Zealand. It has 171 Economy seats and is powered by 2 IAE V2527-A5 engines.
Recently, a Kalitta Air Boeing 747 was flying from Leipzig Halle Airport to Cincinnati Airport in United States. Just after takeoff from Leipzig, the pilots noticed drop in cabin pressure. As a result, they returned back to Leipzig Airport. The Boeing 747 is a heavy aircraft. Add to that the aircraft was flying to Cincinnati, which means heavily loaded with fuel. An overweight aircraft cannot land easily. Landing an overweight aircraft may result in landing gear rupture, aircraft belly rupture, etc. Hence, the Boeing 747 circled and dumped fuel near Leipzig Airport. After the aircraft weight came down, it landed back safely at Leipzig Halle International Airport.
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