Passengers were forced to exit a plane on the Tauranga Airport runway this morning.
An Air New Zealand spokeswoman said passengers were told to get off a plane because a smoke indicator light came on while the aircraft was taxiing to the runway.
"Customers disembarked the aircraft normally and were been transported back to the terminal as a precaution," she said.
"Customers are being accommodated on alternative services today. Engineers were inspecting the aircraft this morning."
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A Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokesman said they were called to Tauranga Airport about 7.50am regarding an incident on a plane.
The passengers on the plane, which was preparing to take off, were evacuated.
There was no fire and the situation was under control, he said.
A police spokesman said they were called to assist fire crews.
There was a fire warning for an aircraft preparing to take off and passengers were evacuated.
This did not mean there was a fire, he said.