Un­windy Welling­ton

The Dominion Post - - Opinion -

My wife and I re­turned to Welling­ton from Syd­ney last Tues­day night. It was an in­ter­est­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Our Air New Zealand flight was late board­ing. We then sat on the ground in Syd­ney for what seemed to be an in­ter­minable length of time while the cap­tain ad­vised us that, be­cause of the 1.30am cur­few at Welling­ton air­port, the flight may have to be di­verted to Auck­land. This an­nounce­ment was met by a num­ber of gasps from pas­sen­gers.

We even­tu­ally took off and ar­rived in Welling­ton with six min­utes to spare.

The air­craft had been pre­vi­ously de­layed by about an hour and a half depart­ing from Welling­ton, mak­ing its ar­rival in Syd­ney too late to meet our sched­uled de­par­ture.

What was re­ally in­ter­est­ing was the rea­son given for the de­lay. Ap­par­ently the air­craft had been taxi­ing in Welling­ton when it was noted that there was in­suf­fi­cient wind for take-off at the loaded weight. The air­craft had to re­turn to the ter­mi­nal to off­load some cargo be­fore it could de­part.

This is the first time I have heard of a flight be­ing de­layed in Welling­ton be­cause of in­suf­fi­cient wind!

Also, no points to Air NZ for not load­ing the air­craft in ac­cor­dance with the pre­vail­ing con­di­tions. Alan Peck, Lower Hutt

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