Pilot loses passport, flight gets delayed for over 11 hours

A flight in Vietnam was delayed by 11 hours after the pilot lost his passport.

T’way Air flight TW122 was due to depart Ho Chi Minh City for Incheon in Seoul at 10.35pm on Friday, but the pilot’s mistake meant he couldn’t gain access to the airport.

160 passengers due to fly had to wait for a replacement pilot to be found, which wasn’t possible until the following day. The flight finally took off at 9.40am on Saturday.

The airline booked travellers into hotels and provided breakfast in the interim.

T’way said, “we are currently reviewing a disciplinary action for the pilot. We are also negotiating compensation measures with the passengers.”

The airline has launched an investigation into how the pilot mislaid his travel documents.

The incident comes a week after a holidaymaker who was also a pilot had to fly the plane he was going to fly, as the designated pilot couldn’t make it on time. Michael Bradley, an EasyJet pilot himself was going to have a relaxing vacation in Spain, but ended up flying a plane. His gesture was highly appreciated and praised by passengers who were quite upset after waiting in the plane for two hours.

Source : Various