1 Dec 2010

Inquiry begins after Airbus door damaged in Samoa

4:45 pm on 1 December 2010

An investigation is under way after a damaged door on an Air New Zealand Airbus caused a 17-hour flight delay for passengers in Samoa.

The delay on Tuesday was caused by a collision between the A320 cabin door and a hydraulic ladder at Faleolo International Airport in Apia.

Air New Zealand says the 138 passengers have since arrived in New Zealand on a different service and the damaged plane is being repaired in Christchurch.

The airline says an investigation is being carried out, but it appears the damage was caused by operator error and no further delays have been caused.