Cathay Pacific

Technical problems delay hundreds of Cathay passengers for six hours

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 12 February, 2013, 9:31pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 12 February, 2013, 9:45pm

A plane load of passengers on a Japan-bound Cathay Pacific flight were delayed for six hours at Chep Lap Kok airport on Tuesday by two aircrafts with technical problems.

An airline spokeswoman said one of the engines on the first aircraft scheduled for the Sapporo-bound flight CX2580, which was due to depart at 11.15am, failed to start just before takeoff.

As a result, the four-engine Boeing 747-400 was grounded and replaced by another plane.

But when the replacement aircraft arrived it too was found to have unspecified technical problems, the spokeswoman said.

The 371 passengers and 20 crew members were finally able to start their journey after a third Boeing 747-400 arrived. It took off shortly before 5pm and landed safely in Sapporo at about 10.15pm local time.

The spokeswoman said the airline served the passengers food and drinks during the delay and apologised for the inconvenience.

The two aircrafts involved were grounded for inspections last night.

On January 11, a faulty aircraft also delayed the Sapporo-bound flight CX 580 and stranded 329 passengers for three hours and 45 minutes after boarding.

On January 9, a Jakarta-Hong Kong flight CX 798 was delayed by electronic problems on a Boeing 777-3000 aircraft for more than 16 hours, affecting 241 passengers.

On January 6, 232 passengers on a flight from Chennai, India, were stranded for more than 24 hours due to a technical failure.