Airlines plane makes emergency landing in Wake Island (update)

A China Airlines (CAL) plane has made an emergency landing in Wake Island in the western Pacific after pilots detected a potential abnormality with its engine, the company said Monday.

All 143 passengers and 12 crew members aboard the Airbus 330-300 were safe, according to CAL.

Flight CI017, which departed from Honolulu at 11:44 a.m. Sunday local time, was on its way to Taipei via Tokyo when a signal indicated a problem with the engine, the company said.

To be safe, the captain made an emergency landing in Wake Island at 1:35 p.m. Taiwan time, it said.

A plane will depart from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at 10:30 p.m. on Monday to bring the passengers and crew members back from Wake Island, CAL said.

The CAL plane will take five hours to fly from Taipei to Wake Island, and is scheduled to depart at 7 a.m. the following day for Tokyo before returning to Taiwan at 5:30 p.m.

The CAL will offer “appropriate compensation” to each of the affected passengers, who have to spend 16 hours on the Pacific island.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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