NewsHub, 29 8 2018
The “meteor” spotted above the South Island on Monday night may have actually been a flight full of Australians.
Canterbury residents reported seeing the alleged meteor just after 6pm on Monday night – the exact time a Qantas flight was passing over the area on its way to Sydney from Santiago.
The Boeing 747 crossed New Zealand’s east coast above Rangiora at 5:54pm and passed over the West Coast just south of Hokitika at 6:07pm, flying at a height of 12 kilometres. An aircraft at this height would most likely leave a contrail behind it – however, Qantas doubts its aircraft is responsible.