Mount Cook AT72 at Christchurch on Apr 19th 2019, suspected collision with object on runway
Last Update: May 15, 2019 / 19:17:18 GMT/Zulu time
The aircraft was still on the ground in Christchurch about 14 hours after landing.
Passengers reported they did not notice any bump or had any other observation of hitting something on the departure runway. Flight attendants later in the flight informed them however that the flight crew suspected they had hit something on departure and were returning as precaution.
On May 15th 2019 Air New Zealand, parent company of Mount Cook Airlines, reported they are investigating why the aircraft struck a runway edge light on departure.
On May 15th 2019 New Zealand's Civil Aviation Authority reported the crew did not intentionally line up with the edge of the runway. They are investigating why the crew was confused about their position.
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