Private plane loses door mid-flight in Queenstown

Queenstown Airport, August, 2014. Photo by Michael Thomas
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A private aircraft has narrowly avoided an emergency landing into Queenstown Airport this morning.

With high winds causing flights to be cancelled, delayed or diverted from the South Island tourist hotspot, one private plane lost its door in flight.

The pilot contacted the airport, but was able to land safely with no injuries to the two passengers on board.

Queenstown Airport spokesperson Naomi Lindsey said travellers may want to check their flight before taking off, and suspects the weather could continue tomorrow.

"Passengers who have booked on flights today, we advise they keep an eye on the Queenstown Airport website [and] also check in with their airlines," she told Newshub.

MetService are currently forecasting rain which may turn to snow in the morning, before easing the afternoon, with south-easterly winds.

Newshub.