China Airline plane damaged again at Sydney Airport

A China Airlines Airbus A350-900 was involved on April 3 in a collision at Sydney Airport Tuesday due to negligence in airport ground operations. (NOWnews)

TAIPEI (CNA) — A China Airlines’ Airbus A350-900 was involved in a collision at Sydney Airport Tuesday due to negligence in airport ground operations, delaying a return flight to Taiwan, a spokesman for the company said on April 3.

The A350-900 flight with 157 passengers on board was scheduled to depart from the airport for Taiwan at 10:10 p.m. but as it prepared to taxi, the plane collided with a load carrier vehicle from another airline company that was in an unauthorized area, Jason Liu (劉朝洋) said.

As a safety precaution, the aircraft had to undergo checks in accordance with maintenance procedures and will not leave for Taiwan until Wednesday night, he said.

It is the second time a CAL airplane has been involved in an incident at the airport in the last three weeks. On March 12, the careless handling of a passenger boarding bridge damaged one of its A350-900 jets, CAL said.

At that time, the airline arranged for the 207 passengers to spend the night at a local hotel, before it sent another aircraft to pick them up the next day.

Sydney Airport should be held responsible for negligence over the two accidents that resulted in delays and caused losses to CAL, Liu said, adding that the airline is in the process of seeking compensation.

As of press time, Sydney airport had made no public comment on either incident.

By Wang Shu-feng and Evelyn Kao