Published on : Thursday, May 30, 2019
A Hong Kong Airlines plane spent six hours on the tarmac in Tokyo on Wednesday evening after two screws reportedly fell out of a wing. The flight was expected to leave Japan at 4pm local time, but the aircraft departed for Hong Kong at 10.03pm local time.
It was the seventh time in four days that a Hong Kong Airlines flight between the two cities had arrived at its destination missing parts such as screws and light covers. Passengers remained on the aircraft throughout the delay and staff provided food and drinks while they waited.
Hong Kong Airlines flight HX609 from Narita to Hong Kong on 29 May, 2019 was delayed to replace two screws on a panel under the wing as per the airlines.
“The aircraft departed at 10.03pm local time,” she added, before apologising for the inconvenience.
Earlier, Japan’s aviation safety watchdog urged the carrier to take measures to ensure parts that fell off its planes posed no threat to people and property.
Maintenance inspections had been carried out on May 27 and 28, the CAD said, when the incidents in Japan were said to have occurred. The regulator concluded the airline had carried out maintenance work “in full accordance” with CAD guidelines.