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Smell of smoke on plane at Auckland Airport prompts evacuation

Author
NZ Herald,
Section
Emergency,
Publish Date
Sunday, 18 August 2019, 12:47PM
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Passengers and crew have been evacuated from a plane at Auckland Airport after smoke was smelled inside the cabin.

An airport spokeswoman the Air NZ plane was due to depart for Napier this afternoon.

However, the departure was halted and Fire and Emergency NZ were called after reports of smoke being smelled on the plane.

Passengers were then evacuated and returned to the domestic terminal.

Northern fire communications shift manager Daniel Nicholson said firefighters were called to the airport just after midday.

Nicholson said the plane was full and everyone had to be evacuated. He was unsure how big the plane was.

Firefighters are waiting for an engineer to carry out an investigation.

A fire safety officer was also investigating the cause.

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