Firefighters were pretty embarrassed on Thursday when they responded to a fire alert from an aircraft at Fuzhou Changle International Airport, only to spray protective foam on the wrong plane. The mistake has reportedly led to severe damage to the aircraft’s engine and has cost the airline millions.
It was an Air China plane that was supposed to be the firemen’s target, after sparks — later found to be harmless — were noticed in the aircraft’s right engine before takeoff. While the Air China plane’s engines were shut down, the pilot of a Boeing 373 taxing behind notified the control tower of Fuzhou Airlines.
This led, evidently, to great confusion when firefighters mistook the Boeing for the source of the trouble and subsequently laid waste to its engine via foam.
Vice-chairman Zhang Quihuai of the Beijing Aviation Law Society reported the cost of damages to be $20 million. Zhang, who would have it that no good deed go unpunished, also suggested that authorities should launch a public investigation and that compensation be claimed from the well-meaning firefighters.
Alternatively, they could wait six months and beg for the public’s forgiveness through other means.
Watch a quick clip from the mishap here:
The Boeing is currently being repaired and is expected to be ready to fly once more from December 18.
By Pinky Latt
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