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Man charged over Auckland Airport disruption

Author
NZ Herald,
Section
National,
Publish Date
Thursday, 10 January 2019, 7:12a.m.
Auckland airport.
Auckland airport.

A 19-year-old man has been charged following an incident at Auckland Airport after a security threat was made on a flight bound for Sydney.

The man, who was on a stationary plane, was alleged to have made a threatening comment.

The man has been charged with breaching the Civil Aviation Act and would appear in Manukau District Court today.

The aircraft had been pushed back from the gate at Auckland Airport and was on the taxiway but had not taken off.

Police escorted the man who made the comment off the plane last night.

Hundreds of Air New Zealand customers flight plans were disrupted following a security threat made on a flight bound for Sydney last night.

Departing from Auckland Airport, Air New Zealand flight 711 returned to the gate before taking off due to comments a passenger made.

The flight to Sydney had to be cancelled, as well as the aircraft's flight from Sydney to Queenstown today.

The aircraft had been pushed back from the gate at Auckland Airport and was on the taxiway but had not taken off.

Police said the threat was made on the plane while it was stationary.

"Staff on the aircraft were notified of the comment by another passenger and Police were called at 8.45pm," a statement said last night.

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