A United Airlines flight landed safely in San Francisco, only a few hours after it had taken off from that same airport. The plane was bound for Hong Kong, but ran into some difficulties in the air, mainly a possible lack of fuel.
So far, United Airlines has been mum on many details of the emergency U-turn, describing the problem as “questions about fuel over-burn.” Passengers also reported that the pilot said they were turning back because of “fuel problems.”
The SCMP reports that the UA flight 869 departed from San Francisco airport at 8:37 p.m. on Saturday, but was forced to turn back near the Gulf of Alaska, landing back in San Francisco at 12:57 a.m. on Sunday, four hours and 20 minutes after its departure.
Passengers then had to wait until 3:08 p.m. for the flight to take off again, finally arriving in Hong Kong more than a day after their original scheduled arrival time.
“The flight was properly fueled for its trip to Hong Kong,” said Karen May, public relations manager for United Airlines. “United provided extra staff in San Francisco to meet and assist returning customers.”
Along with offering either a travel certificate or airline miles for compensation, the airline also apparently gave out food and beverages to passengers. All is forgiven!
— Marcelo Figueroa (@JMarceloFig) October 11, 2015
Fortunately, during this delay there was no national anthem singing or national anthem booing.
Back in July, a group of six tourists from mainland China were arrested at the Hong Kong International Airport after being accused of assaulting airport staff members because their flight to Beijing had been delayed for more than six hours.