An Air New Zealand plane en route to Tahiti has been forced to return to Auckland after being struck by lightning tonight.
In a statement Air New Zealand said: "Flight NZ42 from Auckland to Pape'ete returned to Auckland this evening after encountering lightning."
They say the plane will be inspected by engineers.
The statement goes on to say: "Lightning strikes are not uncommon. Aircraft are designed with this in mind and our pilots train for this scenario."
"Customers will be accommodated on alternative services."