Passengers unaware of flight emergency

A Thai Airlines jet. Photo/file
A Thai Airlines jet. Photo/file

Emergency services rushed to the runway at Auckland International Airport today when a Thai Airways flight carrying 286 people blew a tyre.

The 777 aircraft reported a problem about 11.20am but was able to land safely by 11.40am, Northern Fire shift manager Jaron Phillips said.

Eight fire engines attended the scene, along with police and St John Ambulance.

The plane's pilot, who did not wish to be named, said one of the landing tyres had deflated, but he had never been concerned for the aircraft's safety.

There was no on-board announcement about the problem and passengers making their way through the airport's arrival gates were unaware anything had been wrong.

"We actually commented what a smooth landing it was," said Neville and Christine Crow.

They had wondered why there were so many flashing lights on the runway when they touched down.

Mrs Crow said she probably would have been worried had they been told.

"I think I'd rather not know," she said.

Passenger Derek Holt said he didn't mind not being told, "unless it was going to change the outcome".

"What was I going to do? Send one final text saying 'I love you mum'?"

- NZ Herald

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