Last updated: 01:36 PM ET, Mon July 25 2016

Cathay Pacific Flight Delayed Three Hours After Passenger Causes Damage

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | July 25, 2016

Cathay Pacific Flight Delayed Three Hours After Passenger Causes Damage

Last week, a Cathay Pacific flight was delayed for more than three hours when a passenger onboard accidentally tore part of the ceiling down when he attempted to stow his luggage.

According to The New Zealand Herald, Cathay Pacific Flight CX705 was scheduled to take off from Hong Kong on a journey to Bangkok Wednesday when one of the passengers ripped a ceiling panel down when he thought it was additional storage.

At the time of the incident, there were 280 passengers on board the flight as it prepared for its takeoff time at 8:15 a.m. local time. Engineers were able to repair the damage caused by the passenger, and the plane was finally able to depart from Hong Kong at 11:47 a.m. local time.

The male passenger was allowed to travel to Bangkok despite the damage he caused. shared an image of the damage done by the passenger on the Cathay Pacific flight:

“Cathay Pacific flight CX705 from Hong Kong to Bangkok on 20 July, scheduled to depart at 8:15 a.m., was delayed as a fixed panel of the overhead compartment was found damaged before take-off and repair was required,” a Cathay Pacific spokesperson said in a statement. “The flight subsequently took off at 11:24 a.m. on the same day after completion of inspection and repairs. There were 280 passengers on board. We apologize for the inconvenience caused to the passengers.”


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