8 Feb 2024

Second Air NZ flight from Timaru disrupted by birds

12:22 pm on 8 February 2024
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An Air New Zealand flight from Timaru to Wellington has again been disrupted by birds.

Flight NZ8190 aborted take-off on Thursday morning due to birds on the runway.

Air New Zealand said the aircraft returned to the gate and passengers got off the plane to allow it to be checked as a precaution.

It was cleared and the flight left soon after.

The same flight was cancelled on Wednesday after the pilot aborted the take-off while the plane was at speed.

A return flight and another scheduled flight from Timaru to Wellington were also cancelled as a result, and the airport was closed.

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission was investigating.