Bird Strike Causes Emergency Landing at NZ Airport

31 January 2011 (Last Updated January 31st, 2011 18:30)

An Air New Zealand 737-300 aircraft, carrying 115 passengers, landed safely at Dunedin International Airport in New Zealand following a bird strike shortly after take-off. A full emergency was declared after a bird struck the aircraft's left engine and it was shut down as a precaution.

An Air New Zealand 737-300 aircraft, carrying 115 passengers, landed safely at Dunedin International Airport in New Zealand following a bird strike shortly after take-off.

A full emergency was declared after a bird struck the aircraft's left engine and it was shut down as a precaution.

Airport chief executive John McCall said the pilot radioed the Dunedin control tower about 20 minutes into the outbound Wellington / Auckland flight, initially declaring that an engine had failed.

Alternative travel arrangements were made for the passengers while the aircraft was inspected by engineers, according to smh.com.au.