- Jan 22, 2007
Captain and FO had a bit of tiff which to lead to a dispute.
A 13-minute takeoff delay caused so much tension between two Air New Zealand pilots that the first officer was locked out of the coughpit on a flight between Perth and Auckland.
On May 21, flight NZ176 was delayed after the first officer was asked to undertake a random drug and alcohol test. This was enough to enrage the captain, for whom timeliness was a matter of great pride.
Crew on board the packed Boeing 777 became concerned when the captain did not respond to three requests to open the coughpit door. The first officer then entered the coughpit by an alternative method, which was not disclosed for security reasons.
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