Monday, September 29, 2008

When You know Your Airline is Short on Cash $$$

Imagine being on a flight where you have just landed and this is the announcement you hear over the PA (public announcement) system... "Ladies and gentlemen... welcome to Zhengzhou. We have lost power and therefore are unable to taxi to the gate. Due to man power of only 7, we therefore will be requesting your assistance to push the aircraft off the runway". I promise I did not make this up... read below for a laugh (only because we get to read about it and not experience it ourselves).


Passengers Forced to Get Out and Push Broken Airplane Off Runway
Friday, September 26, 2008

A budget Chinese airline took flying pains to a new level Thursday after it
made passengers get out and help push their broken plane to the gate, the
Daily Mail reported.

The CRJ7 plane, with 69 passengers and seven crew members on board, had just
flown from Guilin in the south of China, to Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan
province. The plane landed safely but then died before it could taxi to the
arrivals terminal.

The staff could not push the airplane on its own, so the passengers were
asked to pitch in. Even with the added muscle power, it took the group
nearly two hours to get the plane off the runway.

³Thank God it was only a 20-ton medium-sized airplane,² one of the airport
workers told the Daily Mail. ³If it were a big plane, it would have knocked
us out.²


Kerrie said...

wow, that's crazy. Would love to read your comment, if you were one of the crew members on that flight. (=

Petronella said...

Hey, I found your blog, and enjoyed reading it.
That does make a funny story..glad I wasn't pushing the airplane. It's amazing that the people would push the plane for 2 hours, wow what a team effort.