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China flight delay irks passengers

The flight to Hong Kong from Calcutta that got stranded at the airport on Saturday finally took off early on Sunday after the repair of a flat tyre.

Dragonair flight KA169, with 81 passengers on board, took off at 4.10am on Sunday, instead of 1.15am on Saturday.

Airline officials said most of the passengers were put up in hotels while some others chose to return home in Calcutta.

The flat tyre was detected minutes before the take off. The passengers alleged that they had to wait over three hours in the plane before being told that the tyre had to be procured from the airline’s maintenance base in Hong Kong.

“We were simply informed on Saturday that the flight would depart at 4.15am on Sunday. Neither any airline official apologised for the inconvenience nor was there any kind of interaction at the airport. Chaos reigned at the lone counter open at that hour. The entire experience had been very tiring,” said Shoma Roychoudhury who works for a newspaper in Hong Kong.

“A tyre was brought from the Hong Kong maintenance base,” an airline spokesperson said on Sunday.

The flight from Hong Kong landed at 12.20am on Sunday, sources said.