Tigerair Taiwan passengers stuck on flight from Japan for one hour after landing

Misunderstandings amid filled space and closed-off taxiway to blame

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A Tigerair Taiwan flight (photo by lasta29).

A Tigerair Taiwan flight (photo by lasta29). (By Wikimedia Commons)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - After its return from the Japanese island of Hokkaido, a Tigerair Taiwan flight was stuck on the tarmac at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport for one hour unable to let passengers leave, reports said Thursday.

When flight IT237 returned from Hakodate to Taoyuan at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, all spaces to let the plane park and passengers disembark had been filled up, while one taxiway had been temporarily closed, the Apple Daily reported.

The captain received orders to turn back and use another taxiway, but the plane overshot the turnoff and was unable to return on its own. As a result, the passengers were stuck inside the aircraft for over an hour waiting for a tow truck to move the plane, according to the Apple Daily.

The earlier plan had been to let passengers disembark outside and board a bus to the terminal while the crew prepared the next flight, to Busan in South Korea, but the failure to take the right turn made that impossible, the report said.

Officials denied that repair work on the taxiways due to damage caused by recent heavy rain played a part in the incident.