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EVA Air passengers deplane twice at San Francisco airport

2017/06/15 21:56:54

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Taipei, June 15 (CNA) Passengers onboard an EVA Air flight from San Francisco to Taipei were asked to deplane twice due to technical difficulties late on Wednesday, resulting in a 24-hour delay at San Francisco International Airport.

All 266 passengers on board flight BR07, which was scheduled to leave at about 1 a.m. (Pacific Standard Time), had to disembark due to a glitch with the plane's oil gauge.

Upon completion of safety checks at around 3:46 a.m., the passengers boarded a second time but were forced to deplane again because the fuel gauge signal lit up a second time as the plane was being pulled back from the departure gate.

According to EVA Air, the technical issue was resolved at 5:40 a.m., but by that time the rule on maximum daily working hours for flight crews meant the flight had to be delayed another 12 hours.

The EVA flight bound for Taipei eventually took off from San Francisco International Airport at 1:42 a.m. the following day.

(By Wang Shu-fen and Ko Lin)