Investigations into Air New Zealand Dreamliner 'abnormalities'

Lloyd Doyle
December 7, 2017

Air New Zealand did not disclose the nature of the two events, but the New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission said it was investigating two events involving "engine abnormalities" on Air New Zealand aircraft this week.

Yesterday a flight from Auckland to Buenos Aires had spent less than two hours in the air before needing to return to Auckland International Airport.

Air New Zealand is cancelling some flights and retiming others due to maintenance requirements on the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines that power its Boeing 787-9 fleet.

"Air New Zealand will be focused on finding replacement aircraft capacity", the airline said.

Air New Zealand chief operations integrity and standards officer David Morgan told the NZ Herald the the blades failed on the flight to Tokyo Narita, while exhaust gas temperature rises indicated problems with the engine.

Japanese airline ANA and Britain's Virgin Atlantic have also reported issues with the Rolls-Royce engines over the last 18 months.

"This is standard practice and in accordance with the worldwide conventions covering aviation occurrence safety investigations".

"Our investigation team is securing and reviewing aircraft records including recorder information, making preliminary examinations of the engines, and interviewing company representatives and the flight crew", Ms Meares said. "Should the Commission believe that insufficient action is being taken at any time then it has the ability to issue urgent recommendations while its inquiries continue".

Meares said that she couldn't make any further comment while the inquiry was underway.

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