27 Apr 2011

Jetstar plane grounded by wind-blown container

12:30 pm on 27 April 2011

A Jetstar plane about to take off from Wellington on Wednesday morning was hit by a baggage container caught in a large gust of wind.

Flight 262 was preparing to leave for Auckland when the incident occurred. The flight was cancelled and engineers are assessing the damage to an engine struck by the container.

Some passengers have asked for refunds but most are being rebooked on flights scheduled for later in the day.

Jetstar says there will be knock-on delays for the rest of its flights on Wednesday.