China Eastern Denies Bus Nearly Hit Plane, Doesn't Explain Passenger Injuries

source:Global Times

A passenger was injured when the airport shuttle bus she was on braked suddenly to make way for an airplane at Pudong International Airport at midnight on November 26.

    A passenger was injured when the airport shuttle bus she was on braked suddenly to make way for an airplane at Pudong International Airport at midnight on November 26.

An eyewitness said that a China Eastern Airlines shuttle bus did in fact almost hit an airplane in a Shanghai airport, slamming on the brakes and injuring one passenger, despite the company claiming that the bus never left its designated travel area.

A Sina Weibo user claimed Sunday that a shuttle bus filled with about 100 passengers from Qingdao, East China's Shandong Province who were about to take flight from Shanghai Pudong Airport to Qingdao, almost hit an airplane on Sunday at around midnight.

The post explained that the passengers were being taken on the shuttle bus to board flight MU5521, which was originally scheduled to take off at 22:10 pm but had been delayed for two hours.

China Eastern Airlines denied these claims in a Weibo post on Sunday, saying the bus was driving at a normal speed in the designated area and adding that the injured woman is recovering in hospital.

However, they did not offer an alternative version of events to explain how this woman came to be injured.

One of the bus's passengers, surnamed Ying, questioned the airline's response, arguing that the bus driver did in fact have to slam on the brakes to avoid crashing into a plane. The sudden stop caused nearly all the passengers to lose their balance and fall over, with one woman left lying injured on the floor.

Ying said that soon after the bus driver light-heartedly apologized to the passengers for the incident.

Shuttle buses are subject to strict rules about where they are allowed to go and at what speed, and are not allowed to come within 200 meters of the front of an aircraft or within 50 meters of its rear or side. Therefore near misses are unlikely, the Shanghai Morning Post quoted "an insider" as saying on Monday.

editor:Lex

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