A plane to New Zealand flew 13 hours only to land where it took off

passengers on Emirates flight bound for Auckland, New Zealand that left Dubai on Friday morning, and ended up returning to the same airport where it took off just over 13 hours later.

Flight EK448 departed at 10:30 a.m. local time and the pilot turned around halfway through the nearly 9,000-mile journey, landing again in Dubai just after midnight Saturday, according to FlightAware and Business Insider.

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Emirates flight EK448 flew for 13 hours before turning around and landing in Dubai early Saturday morning local time. (iStock/iStock)

Auckland airport was Damage assessment “We know this is very frustrating, but passenger safety is our top priority,” the airport said in a statement Saturday afternoon local time.

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Saturday evening local time, after domestic flights resumed, airport officials said international flights would resume Sunday morning.

Emirates said in a statement to Business Insider: “We regret the inconvenience caused to customers. Emirates will continue to monitor the situation in Auckland and issue updates as appropriate.”

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An excavator is immersed at a flooded construction site in the Wynyard neighborhood in the morning after record torrential rain on January 28, 2023 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Lynn Griffison/Getty Images/Getty Images)

The airline did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

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Flight 448 was rescheduled to Saturday Dubai time and was scheduled to arrive in Auckland on Sunday afternoon local time.

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