Air New Zealand Flight Queenstown-Auckland Hydraulic Problem

Air New Zealand Flight Queenstown-Auckland Hydraulic Problem
XPinger (Chris Sutton) from Rotorua, New Zealand, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

A Air New Zealand flight from Queenstown suffered a hydraulic issue on arrival into Auckland Airport.

Incident: Air New Zealand Flight Queenstown-Auckland Hydraulic Problem…

Air New Zealand Flight Queenstown-Auckland Hydraulic Problem
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Air New Zealand flight NZ614 is a routine scheduled flight between Queenstown and Auckland, with the affected rotation being operated by ZK-OXF.

As per data from, ZK-OXF is a 9.4 year old Airbus A320 that was delivered to the carrier back in July 2014.

Of the A320ceo variant, the carrier has 17 of them, of which 16 are in active service and one is currently parked, offering an average age of 9.8 years across that fleet.

Air New Zealand flight NZ614 departed Queenstown at 0922 local time on November 10 and proceeded northbound to Auckland.

As per The Aviation Herald, the crew onboard the flight noticed that they had suffered a hydraulic problem on descent into their destination.

This resulted in the crew having to perform an “alternate gear extension”, which is typically a manual process when there is a loss of hydraulics.

From there, the aircraft was able to land safely into Auckland, with the flight originating from Queenstown being subjected to a gear inspection after arrival.

Once the all-clear was given, the aircraft was able to taxi to the gate to deplane the passengers from the aircraft.

ZK-OXF was grounded for the day following that incident, but was able to return to commercial service the next day, operating the return back to Queenstown.

Such actions highlight the testament to the maintenance crews who were able to get the aircraft back into commercial service quickly and safely.

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