Faulty toilets force Taiwan plane to make emergency landing
A TAIWANESE passenger plane en route to New York had to make an emergency landing in Anchorage, Alaska, earlier this week because all 10 toilets on board failed to flush.
The delay caused Flight CI012 of China Airlines, which left Taipei with 275 passengers on Monday morning, to arrive at New York 28 hours later than scheduled, reported ET Today.
The toilet problem on the new Boeing 777-300ER was discovered about 10 hours after the plane's take-off, when passengers complained that the air smelled of urine, reported the Taiwanese daily.
The flushing systems of all the toilets on board - three in the business class and seven in economy - were found to be faulty, said ET Today.
Flight attendants determined that the problem stemmed from the water tanks of three toilet bowls, which were overflowing with water, said the Taiwanese daily.
According to The Liberty Times, the attendants had to use tissues to soak up the urine that accumulated in the bowls and then spray air freshener to mitigate the smell.
But because no toilet could be used, the plane had to make an emergency landing.
Although the problem was quickly rectified on the ground, the airline had to rest the crew for enough hours before the flight could resume, said The Liberty Times.
China Airlines has apologised to the passengers - among whom was a Taiwanese actress flying to the United States to settle her divorce - for the delay.
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