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Rebecca Quilliam is senior reporter at the NZME. News Service office in Wellington.

Emergency callout at Auckland airport

The Air New Zealand flight landed safely. Photo / David White
The Air New Zealand flight landed safely. Photo / David White

A Boeing 767 carrying 230 passengers sparked an emergency callout this morning after a cockpit light failed.

The Air New Zealand flight NZ9 from Honolulu landed safely at Auckland International Airport about 6.30am.

An airline spokeswoman said the light, which would normally confirm the landing gear was in place, failed to come on during the approach phase.

The captain took the precautionary step of advising air traffic control, she said.

But a visual check and other on board systems confirmed the gear was in place and the flight landed safely with no further incident.

Fire communications shift manager Jaron Phillips said seven fire appliances met the plane about 6.30am, but were not needed.

- APNZ

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