Air NZ flight returns to Auckland less than an hour after take-off

Air New Zealand 777-300.
Air New Zealand 777-300. Photo credit: Peter Clark.

One of Air New Zealand's Auckland to Los Angeles flights had to return to Auckland not long after take-off on Friday night.

Air NZ Flight 6 left Auckland just before 8pm before the decision was made to return to Auckland for engineering reasons.

The Boeing 777-300 burnt off fuel, flying north-east of the Coromandel Peninsula, before returning to Auckland. 

Flight Radar screenshot.
Flight Radar screenshot showing the flights path. Photo credit: FlightRadar24.

The aircraft was inspected by engineers and the issue was fixed.

Passengers were given accommodation on Friday night before continuing on to Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon.