Gas cylin­der on US flight causes se­cu­rity scare

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Po­lice and a bomb crew were alerted Thurs­day af­ter a pres­sur­ized gas cylin­der was found in a con­tainer on a China Air­lines flight from San Fran­cisco shortly af­ter it landed in Tai­wan.

Af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion with the help of the air­port po­lice, China Air­lines said the cylin­der, which was on Flight CI003 from San Fran­cisco, was “empty and not dan­ger­ous”.

Work­ers from a ground han­dling ser­vice com­pany at San Fran­cisco Air­port ad­mit­ted that they had put the tank in an empty unit load de­vice — ULD, a con­tainer for bag­gage and pack­aged goods — but had for­got­ten to re­move it, China Air­lines said.

The fuel tank was spot­ted by work­ers at Taoyuan In­ter­na­tional Air­port Ser­vices Co., the ma­jor ground han­dling ser­vice provider at Tai­wan’s main in­ter­na­tional gate­way.

The ULD was im­me­di­ately towed to an apron for ex­am­i­na­tion of the gas cylin­der, which was equipped with valves and a pres­sure gauge, be­fore a bomb crew ar­rived.

There were more than 210 peo­ple on the Boe­ing 777-300ER, which ar­rived at Taoyuan In­ter­na­tional Air­port early Thurs­day.

No one was hurt or af­fected by the in­ci­dent, China Air­lines said, adding that the gas cylin­der did not pose a threat.

The air­line said, how­ever, it will find out who was re­spon­si­ble for the in­ci­dent and will hold the agent ac­count­able, in ac­cor­dance with the rel­e­vant con­tract.

CNA

A gas cylin­der is seen in­side a unit load de­vice — a con­tainer for bag­gage and pack­aged goods to be up­loaded to a plane — in this photo taken at the Tai­wan Taoyuan In­ter­na­tional Air­port, yesterday.

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