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Torrential rain disrupts flight schedule in Taiwan

2012/06/12 18:42:23

Taipei, June 12 (CNA) Torrential rainfall in northern Taiwan caused several floods that disrupted the flight schedule at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, officials at Taiwan's main gateway said Tuesday.

EVA Airways said 24 morning flights were delayed due to technical problems over the departure control system, affecting thousands of passengers.

The nation's second largest airline carrier said flooding in Taoyuan County's Nankan area, where its control center is located, caused the computers to crash.

Passengers had to board planes through manual check-ins, which led to delays of up to three hours per flight, said Jessica Tung, an EVA Airways public relations officer.

The problem was solved by 9:00 a.m. and the normal flight schedule was resumed, the airline said.

Meanwhile, a Japan Airlines plane was temporarily stranded on the apron due to flooding, said Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Corp., which oversees the airport.

The plane was finally hauled off the apron early in the afternoon, the corporation said.

According to the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, as of 4:00 p.m., a total of 40 international or domestic flights operated by different airline companies have been delayed or canceled due to poor weather condition nationwide.

No other incidents regarding aviation facilities have been reported, the ministry noted.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)
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