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Published on Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Passengers organise whip-round to pay for aircraft part

Passengers on a LOT Polish Airlines flight organised a whip round to pay for a new part after the plane suffered a technical hitch at Beijing Airport.

The Boeing 787  needed a new hydraulics pump but airport staff refused to accept a bank transfer, insisting they were paid in cash, according to a report on

So the 249 passengers handed over £280 for the new part, and were then forced to wait 10 hours for it to be fitted before the flight could take off for Warsaw.

Passenger Daniel Golebiowski told the website that a mechanic waited by the plane for the cash to be raised and handed over. Passengers were reimbursed when the flight landed in Poland and given vouchers. They are also eligible for compensation for the long delay.

An airline spokesman apologised for what he described as 'an unusual situation'. Metro quoted him saying: "Believe it nor not, but there was a situation with a warehouse employee in Beijing who refused all methods of payment other than cash which led to the confusion. Nevertheless, I am grateful to him and that the flight returned safely to Warsaw."

He said the worker who insisted on the cash payment will face disciplinary action.


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  • Not right?

    A typical aircraft hydraulic pump costs at least USD4000.00 and can cost as much as USD25000.00. £280.00 cannot have paid for a pump. A smaller part (a tiny part) or some lubricant maybe but not the whole pump.

    By Graham Harrison, Monday, November 26, 2018

  • DON'T........

    .....give O'Realy any ideas.

    By Peter M42, Thursday, November 22, 2018

  • yet another reason

    to NOT visit China !!!!!!!!!!

    By Michael Anderson, Thursday, November 22, 2018

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