57 EVA Air passengers change flights due to pre-departure glitch

Taipei--EVA Airways, one of Taiwan's largest carriers, had to ask several dozen passengers booked on a flight from New York to Taipei over the weekend to change their flights due to a problem with a routine check to the aircraft before take-off from John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The company said Sunday that a total of 57 passengers out of 265 on board were unable to take flight BR31, which was scheduled to depart New York at 1:25 a.m. Sunday (Taipei time), because an evacuation slide close to the L5 door of the 777-300ER ejected unexpectedly during pre-departure safety checks.

Under aviation safety regulations, seats close to the door were no longer fit for the use of passengers due to the glitch, so that the passengers seated in the affected area had no choice but to change their flights, EVA Air said.

Because of the incident, the flight eventually took off at 4:27 a.m., after a delay of three hours and two minutes, the company added.

Local newspapers reported that no compensation would be paid to the affected passengers because the incident was blamed on a New York-based engineering company contracted to perform the checks.

EVA Air itself was also a victim, the company was cited as saying in the reports.

Flight BR31 was scheduled to arrive in Taipei at 5:15 p.m. Monday, according to EVA Air.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel