Plane emergency landing puts Auckland airport on alert

10:28, March 14, 2010      

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Emergency services went on standby on Saturday night as an Air New Zealand plane from Sydney to Wellington was diverted to Auckland because of possible defects.

The Fire Service said on Sunday it received a message that the Air New Zealand Airbus A320 had a hydraulic defect and a steering nose wheel problem.

It said seven trucks, including a specialist airport appliance, were ready by the runway as the plane landed.

The plane landed without incident and the 99 passengers will complete their trip to Wellington on Sunday afternoon.

Air New Zealand spokeswoman said a warning light came on mid- flight and the decision was made to land in Auckland.

Air New Zealand said its engineering team was investigating.

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