By Deanna Harris and Lloyd Burr
An Air Nelson plane made a dramatic landing at Blenheim Airport this afternoon after its front landing gear failed to deploy and lock into place.
Senior Sergeant Naera Parata of Blenheim Police says the plane, carrying 44 passengers, was enroute from Hamilton to Wellington when the pilot was alerted to problems with the undercarriage.
The Q300 aircraft was then diverted to Blenheim Airport at Woodbourne where it made several passes over the airfield so the undercarriage could be viewed.
It then became apparent the nose wheel had not deployed.
"At 2.45pm the pilot made a successful emergency landing without the nose wheel."
None of the passengers were injured in the incident
Hundreds of onlookers, who had gathered around the airport to watch the landing, clapped as the plane came to a halt.
Earlier, emergency services at Wellington Airport had been put on alert but were later stood down.
Last year, on September 30, the same aircraft type made an almost identical emergency landing in Blenheim when the Air Nelson Q300 plane experienced a nose wheel failure.
Luckily none of the 48 passengers or crew on board at the time were injured.
Air Nelson, a subsidiary of Air New Zealand, has 23 Q300s in their fleet and use the plane on regional routes throughout Air New Zealand’s domestic network.
The Q300 is built by the world’s third largest aircraft manufacturer, Bombardier, in Canada.