HONG KONG – An unscheduled 15-hour layover in China turned a 16-hour Cathay Pacific flight into a 34-hour nightmare.
Severe weather, restrictions on how many hours pilots can work and government policies kept
According to NBC, 256 passengers on their way from New York to Hong Kong were trapped on the plane in Zhuhai, China due to an undortunate combination of severe weather, pilot labor policies and government regulations.
The plane was diverted to Zhuhai after the landing in Hong Kong was aborted due to a hail storm.
Upon landing the passengers were ordered by Chinese immigration officials to stay on the plane.
NBC reports that at the same time, the pilots and the cabin crew of the 777 were required to rest. The airline sent a replacement crew from Hong Kong, but the Chinese officials would not allow them to fly into Zhuhai and they had to take Hong Kong-Macau ferry and then drive an to the city, according.
“This was certainly a rare circumstance and one we want to avoid if at all possible. This flight was definitely not a good representation of what Cathay Pacific wants to happen on its flights,” a Cathay Pacific spokeswoman told NBC.