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China Airlines seeking compensation for ground handling incident in Sydney, report claims

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China Airlines (CAL) is seeking compensation for ground handling incidents in Sydney, according to a report on Air Transport World.

The publication said the Taiwan-based carrier is seeking cash-back from Australia’s Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, after two ground handling incidents resulted in significant delays for the carrier’s return flights.

The report said on the evening of 2 April, a baggage carrier vehicle from another flight struck the nose wheel of CAL’s Airbus A350-900, which was preparing for the return flight to Taipei.

The flag carrier reportedly had to delay the flight until the following day so the aircraft could undergo precautionary checks on the landing gear. The 157 passengers had to be checked in into a nearby hotel that night.

The report claims this was the second accident to occur on a CAL aircraft in Sydney within three weeks as on 12 March, a mishandled aerobridge damaged another CAL A350-900, which resulted in a 16-hour delay that affected 207 passengers.

The report said CAL feels the gateway should be held accountable for the negligence over the two accidents that resulted in delays and losses to CAL.