Delay in NZ flight – Foreign objects found in aircraft engine during inspection

Fiji Airways plane at Nadi International Airport. Picture: REINAL CHAND/FT FILE

A FIJI Airways aircraft scheduled to fly to Auckland, New Zealand, on Thursday morning was grounded after foreign objects were found in its engine.

A spokesperson for the airline confirmed the objects were found placed around the exhaust area of an A330 aircraft engine on Thursday morning before its scheduled departure from the Nadi International Airport.

“The objects were found by Fiji Airways engineers undertaking pre-flight inspections,” the spokesperson said.

“Fiji Airways has reported the matter to Fiji Airports Ltd and Fiji police and understands that the police are investigating.

“Out of an abundance of caution, Fiji Airways is undertaking a thorough inspection of this particular A330 aircraft and all others parked at Nadi International Airport.

“The A330 aircraft was swapped with another to operate a repatriation flight this morning, causing a delay to this service by an hour and 20 minutes.

“Safety remains Fiji Airways’ highest priority, and the airline undertakes rigorous pre-flight inspections to ensure all aircraft are operationally ready.”

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