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Qantas Boeing makes emergency landing in New Zealand

Christian Fernsby |
A Qantas airliner was forced to make an emergency landing at a New Zealand military base on Saturday.

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Passengers were stranded in a sweltering cabin for four hours as emergency work was carried out on the plane.

The Boeing 737 jet was travelling from Melbourne to Wellington when it developed a mechanical issue and the pilots decided to land at Ohakea military base, 150 kilometres north of Wellington.

The plane was unable to land flight QF171 at nearby Palmerston North airport due to local weather conditions.

Passengers on-board were not allowed to leave the aircraft as customs officials made the two-hour trip from Wellington.

A woman whose partner was aboard the plane told the Sydney Morning Herald the aircraft apparently had a problem with its the “wing flaps”.

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