Across the sky
A jet liner flying what appeared to be an unusual pattern caused apprehension over Gisborne at around 6pm yesterday. It was seen just hours before the nation went into Covid-19 lockdown mode and minutes before a national Civil Defence text message alert.
The craft flew a swooping semi-circle before heading off, leaving a criss-cross pattern of contrails (condensed water) in the sky.
However, when contacted by The Gisborne Herald, Air NZ said the actions were normal practice.
“This aircraft has undergone maintenance and is completing what's known as a proving flight before it returns to service. This is in line with normal process.”