China Airlines flight from Sydney to Taiwan delayed by 16 hours

A jet bridge damaged the brand new Airbus: CAL

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A China Airlines Airbus A350-900

A China Airlines Airbus A350-900 (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - A China Airlines (CAL) flight from Sydney was delayed for 16 hours after a jet bridge hit the Airbus A350, reports said Wednesday.

A total of 207 passengers had booked the flight which should have left the Australian city at 10:10 p.m. local time Tuesday, the Apple Daily reported.

However, the careless handling of a passenger boarding bridge damaged the Airbus A350-900, which had been in service for barely more than a year, according to the report.

Due to safety considerations, CAL decided to conduct a thorough inspection of the aircraft, which forced the passengers to wait until 2:25 p.m. Wednesday before they were finally able to take off for Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.

CAL said it had arranged for the crew and passengers to spend the night at the hotel while it sent another aircraft to Australia to pick them up. Taiwan’s largest carrier also apologized for the inconvenience it caused the travelers, the Apple Daily noted.