Air New Zealand flight NZ175 from Auckland to Perth returned to Auckland this afternoon after the pilot of the Boeing 767-300ER aircraft reported a problem with the left hand engine shortly after the 2.25pm take off.
It returned to Auckland immediately, landed at 2.52pm without further incident and taxied to the gate.
The incident occurred just after takeoff at 1800 feet, with bird strike a possibility, and the Captain elected to shut down the left hand engine. The Captain briefed the 206 passengers onboard, including explaining that any flame seen from the engine is not unusual when it is shut down in flight.
Affected passengers are being accommodated in hotels until a replacement aircraft is available for a departure later this evening.
There is no visible damage to the engine, with engineers to begin an immediate inspection.
Issued by Air New Zealand Public Affairs ph +64 21 747 320
Air New Zealand is proud to be a member of Star Alliance. The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognised by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award, Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Blue1, bmi, Brussels Airlines, Continental Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Spanair, SWISS, TAM Airlines, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI, United and US Airways. Air India, Avianca-TACA, Copa Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines have been announced as future members. Overall, the Star Alliance network offers 21,000 daily flights to 1,160 airports in 181 countries.