US RULES:The accidental triggering of an emergency door slide during routine maintenance meant that the people assigned seats near the door could not use them
A maintenance error delayed an EVA Air flight from New York to Taipei scheduled to arrive at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport this morning and forced the airline to find alternative flights for 57 of the passengers, the airline said yesterday.
The Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to be used for Flight No. BR31 had been undergoing routine pre-departure maintenance when the evacuation slide on the L5 cabin door was accidentally activated by engineers from the airline’s maintenance agent at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).
US aviation safety regulations required the airline to keep the seats near the L5 cabin door vacant following the activation of the slide, which meant that 57 passengers could not board the BR31 flight, the airline said.
The passengers were rescheduled on other flights, the airline said, adding that the last group of the 57 would arrive in Taiwan this morning.
BR31 finally took off at 4:27am on Saturday, three hours after its scheduled 1:25am departure time, airline officials said.
As the incident was caused by EVA’s maintenance agent and EVA’s flight operations were disrupted as well, passengers would not be eligible for compensation from EVA for any inconvenience caused by the incident, it said.
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