A rare and frightening aviation emergency has ended with crew and passengers safe, after Air New Zealand flight NZ5018’s engine malfunctioned mid-flight.
The engine failure happened shortly after the Napier-Auckland flight took off this afternoon. It touched down safely shortly after.
E tū Head of Aviation Anita Rosentreter has been monitoring the situation and says that the most important thing is that the passengers and crew are safe.
“We are deeply relieved that this incident has ended with a safe landing,” Anita says.
“This will have been a scary experience for the crew and passengers on board. Although this incident will be the subject of a rigorous process to find out exactly what happened, the most important thing for now is that the plane is safely on the tarmac.
“We will be ensuring that our members affected by this emergency have all the support needed to deal with the aftermath.”
Anita says there will be many questions about how this incident occurred and that the union will be closely involved in the process from here.
“We don’t have any further details at this early stage, but we will be representing our members every step of the way.
“Union participation is a vital part of getting health and safety right in any workplace. We are pleased that our relationship with the company means we can work constructively together to minimise risks and respond appropriately when things go wrong.
“This emergency has not become an aviation disaster. I think that’s a huge testament to the crew onboard. One passenger has already been reported in the media saying the flight attendants were ‘brilliant, calm, and reassuring.’ I think that’s the mark of an excellent workforce.”
For more information or comment:
Anita Rosentreter 022 240 9638