Passengers on board a flight from Beijing to Poland were asked to fund the repairs on a fault so that the plane could take off.

There were around 250 passengers on the LOT Polish Airlines flight when the Boeing 787 Dreamliner suffered a hydraulic pump fault, according to local media.

They were asked to foot the bill after the mechanic who had been employed to fix the pump demanded that he would only take cash as payment.

The leak was first noticed by crew members during after after-flight checks when it landed at Beijing Capital International Airport on November 11.

Passengers on board a LOT Polish Airlines flight from Beijing to Poland were asked to fund the repairs on a fault so that the plane could take off

It was due to fly back to Warsaw Chopin Airport the next day, however passengers were reportedly asked to pay for a replacement pump before it could get off the ground.

LOT Polish Airlines spokesman Adrian Kubicki said: ‘An employee at the Boeing warehouse in Beijing refused to accept a bank transfer and insisted on cash.’

He claimed that crew from the flight managed to scrape together around 2,500 RMB (280 GBP) from passengers on the plane for repairs, which are believed to have taken around 10 hours.

Kubicki added: ‘There are no circumstances that justify asking money from passengers.’

There were around 250 passengers on the LOT Polish Airlines flight when the Boeing 787 Dreamliner suffered a hydraulic pump fault

Daniel Golebiowski, who was one of the passengers on the flight, said:  ‘He asked several people, he took 400 RMB (45 GBP) from just us.’

The outraged passenger added: ‘We are at the international airport. I cannot believe that transactions take place here in cash under the table with the mechanic standing next to the plane. Incredible!’

After the plane landed in Warsaw, Kubicki told outraged passengers: ‘I know that you encountered an unusual situation today, for which I would like to apologise for from the bottom of my heart.

‘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.’

According to local media, the borrowed money was immediately returned to the passengers once they landed in Warsaw along with flight vouchers.

Passengers are able to claim 600 EUR (534 GBP) in compensation for the lengthy delay.

According to the LOT spokesman, disciplinary measures will be taken against the employee who collected the cash from passengers.


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