ANZ A320 near Auckland on Aug 11th 2012, unusual odour prompts return

Last Update: August 15, 2012 / 15:34:04 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 11, 2012

Classification
Incident

Flight number
NZ-703

Aircraft Registration
ZK-OJC

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

An ANZ Air New Zealand Airbus A320-200, registration ZK-OJC performing flight NZ-703 from Auckland (New Zealand) to Sydney,NS (Australia), had just reached cruise level 320 when the crew decided to return to Auckland due to an unusual smell that was observed on board of the aircraft. The aircraft turned around and landed safely on Auckland's runway 05R about 50 minutes after departure.

The flight was cancelled, the passengers were rebooked onto other flights.

On Aug 15th the airline reported that the incident was unrelated to the fault 3 days later, see Incident: ANZ A320 near Auckland on Aug 14th 2012, air conditioning fault. The unusual smell was identified to have been caused by a zonal dryer, similiar to a dehumidifier.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 11, 2012

Classification
Incident

Flight number
NZ-703

Aircraft Registration
ZK-OJC

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

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