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TransAsia sends plane to pick up passengers stranded in Japan

TransAsia sends plane to pick up passengers stranded in Japan

Taipei, May 13 (CNA) Taiwan-based TransAsia Airways on Wednesday sent an aircraft to Japan to fly back passengers who had been waiting there for a flight that was severely delayed due to mechanical problems on one of the airline's planes. The new flight will depart from Chitose Airport at 9 p.m. Wednesday, carrying 97 of the 192 passengers who were scheduled to travel to Taiwan on TransAsia Flight GE671 at 1:15 p.m., the previous day. The passengers were waiting for repairs to be completed on a TransAsia plane that developed problems with its hydraulic braking system and had to be towed off the runway after it landed at Chitose on Tuesday at noon. TransAsia said 85 of the 192 passengers booked on the return flight to Taiwan took other airlines on Wednesday afternoon, while the 10 remaining people had changed their return date. Flight GE670 had to be towed to the gate after it landed at Chitose on Tuesday, because it was unable to taxi off the runway due to the braking system problem, the airline said. All 272 passengers on board the Airbus A330-300 disembarked safely once the aircraft reached the gate, TransAsia said, denying Japanese media reports that the plane had made an emergency landing. (By Wang Shu-fen and Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-24 00:03 GMT+08:00