Baggage handler causes R63m plane damage

2013-06-20 15:34
London - A British Airways flight bound for Bucharest had to be aborted due a baggage handler's error. The damage caused to the Airbus A320 is an estimated £4 million (R63 million t R15.8/pound).

The Telegraph reports, 150 passengers had to be taken off the plane after a loud bang was heard and the take-off aborted. Passengers then had to wait three hours for another flight.

The incident is understood to have happened after the baggage handler left his luggage-scanner gun on the cowling and forgot to remove it.

The baggage handler in question is said to be mortified as it could have downed the plane had it happened after take-off.

British Airways said it was sorry passengers were delayed and said a replacement jet was booked "as quickly as possible".

This is the second incident BA has had at Heathrow in the space of a month, after flight A319 bound for Oslo was forced to turn back and land in London due to a technical fault.

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