AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALANDAn Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner was forced to divert to Hong Kong after a crack was found in the cockpit windscreen.

The incident happened on Jan. 27 while the aircraft with registration ZK-NZH was conducting Christchurch - Guangzhou flight.

The ANZ flight NZ1082 made a sudden diversion to Hong Kong International Airport before landing safely at about 9 am New Zealand time.

Air New Zealand chief operational integrity and safety officer David Morgan confirmed the flight was diverted because of a cracked cockpit windshield.

“While a cracked windscreen sounds extraordinary, there are actually four layers to an aircraft windscreen, so there was no risk to the aircraft or anyone on board,” Morgan said.

It was a cargo flight and the aircraft was carrying more than 24 tonnes of freight, including perishable goods like fresh cherries, stone fruit, and seafood for the Chinese New Year celebrations.

Earlier this month Air New Zealand was named the world’s safest airline by