An EVA Air flight from Bangkok to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport was canceled after the aircraft was hit by two runaway baggage trailers, rendering the plane unairworthy for take-off.
According to EVA Air, Flight BR202, Bangkok to Taoyuan, was originally scheduled to take off at 2:40 pm local time yesterday, November 9. However, a short time before boarding, two baggage trailers being towed near the plane disconnected from the tow tractor. The trailers collided with the engine cowling of the Boing 777-36NER, causing dents, and possibly other damage. As a result of the incident, the aircraft was deemed no-longer airworthy until repairs and inspections can be carried out.
EVA Air said that it had made arrangements for the 262 passengers to take alternative flights. Some passengers who could not be seated on alternative flights on the day of the accident were provided with overnight hotel accommodation.
While the cause of the accident is still under investigation, video footage released today showed the baggage train rolling over an uneven section of tarmac before the two rear trailers separated from the train.
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