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Napier-bound plane grounded after report of smoke in cockpit at Auckland Airport

No fire has been found on a plane bound for Napier after smoke was smelled inside the aircraft before take-off at Auckland Airport.

After boarding was completed but prior to departure, passengers were asked to disembark flight NZ5011(Auckland to Napier) after a smoke smell was detected.

Passengers returned to the domestic terminal and will be rebooked on other services.

The aircraft has been taken to a hanger and is now being investigated by engineers to find the cause of the smell.

Emergency services were called at 12:03pm. Five appliances initially attended. Two have now returned to the station.

St John is on its way for patients with possible smoke inhalation, there are no current reports of injuries.

Emergency services assist passengers after reports of smoke inside the plane. Source: Torin Wilson