Qatar Airways flight to Auckland returns to Doha due to 'engine failure'

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A Qatar Airways flight bound for Auckland in New Zealand diverted back to Doha shortly after take-off due to an "engine emergency".

Flight QR920 was due to arrive in Auckland at 4.45am on Monday from Doha, Qatar.  However, the plane turned back about an hour and 20 minutes after takeoff at 3am Doha time. 

A passenger on board the plane said there was an engine warning and the pilot "jettisoned fuel" before landing back into Hamad International Airport.

A Qatar Airways spokesperson confirmed an emergency was declared due to a technical fault following take off.

"The crew took all necessary precautions and the aircraft proceeded to land safely and without incident", he said.

All passengers were now waiting an alternative aircraft.

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