Defence Force plane evacuated at Whenuapai base

A Defence Force Orion aircraft at the RNZAF Whenuapai base has been evacuated after it had an engine fire indication while taxiing.

A Defence Force spokesperson told Newshub the crew started a precautionary shutdown.

No one was injured and an investigation into the cause is underway.

The base remained operational throughout the incident.

The Orion aircraft has been in service with the RNZAF since 1966, and are due to be replaced by 2025.