1 Jun 2019

Air NZ flight struck by lightning

2:48 pm on 1 June 2019

An Air New Zealand flight to Tahiti had to return to Auckland after being hit by lightning.

Flight NZ42 from Auckland to Papeete returned to Auckland yesterday night.

Parts of the North Island have been encountering thunderstorms as a winter blast has swept across the country.

Air New Zealand said lightning strikes were not uncommon and the planes were designed with this in mind.

Customers have been booked on alternative services.