RuPaul star tweets from onboard plane making emergency landing

A plane load of passengers were dragged back to Auckland due to an issue with the aircraft.
A plane load of passengers were dragged back to Auckland due to an issue with the aircraft. Photo credit: RuPaul's Drag Race

An American Airlines flight carrying an international drag celebrity flying to Los Angeles had to return to Auckland Airport less than two hours into the flight.

Emergency services were put on standby after the 787 Dreamliner's pilot declared the plane would be landing without dumping fuel.

Star of RuPaul's Drag Race, Detox, who had been in New Zealand to perform, tweeted about the incident.

"Whelp. We are turning back around to Auckland for some reason," she said, followed by a crying face emoji.

A spokesperson for American Airlines told Newshub the captain decided to return to Auckland 'out of an abundance of caution' due to an issue with a display screen in the cockpit.

The issue was not related to the aircraft engines.

Aviation commentator Peter Clark says for an aircraft to land without dumping fuel, the incident must have been serious.

"That aircraft would have had a lot of fuel on it, and to land heavy without dumping fuel beforehand, it must have been a serious technical issue or a major medical event."

Flight path of American Airlines 82
Flight path of American Airlines 82 Photo credit: FlightRadar24.com

An Auckland Airport spokesperson told Newshub the aircraft made a 'monitored landing' with emergency services on standby as it touched down.

There were 270 passengers and 13 crew onboard.

The aircraft is scheduled to leave for Los Angeles this evening.

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