BEIJING (CBS/AP) — When crew members of a passenger plane reported sparks coming from an engine while taxiing at an airport in southern China, eight fire trucks responded within minutes. Then they covered the wrong plane with white foam.
The mistake at the Fuzhou city airport Thursday was quickly amended and the firefighters turned their attention to the correct plane, but the other one — with passengers aboard — was delayed 10 hours and the entire incident delayed 30 flights, the airport said in a statement.READ MORE: Sacramento Neighborhood Gets New 20-Foot Tall Mural
The Air China flight had reported the problems in a right-side engine of a Boeing 737-800 for a flight headed to Beijing. By the time firefighters arrived four minutes later, engines were switched off. However, a Fuzhou Airlines plane of the same make had exhaust fumes coming from its tail.
The firefighters sprayed the Fuzhou Airlines plane with foam until the airport’s control center alerted them to the mistake, and then they sprayed the right plane, the airport said.
Fuzhou Airlines said its plane was covered with white foam and had to be towed away to check its engines. It took off about 10 hours later.READ MORE: Stockton School Employees Rescue Family From House Fire
The airport apologized for the inconvenience.
Here in California, two people who were killed when the single-engine plane they were in crashed next to a house in South Lake Tahoe shortly after takeoff.
Conrad Yu, 73, of Oakley and Mary Choy, 66, of San Francisco were killed on October 10, 2015 when the four-seater Beech 35 Bonanza crashed and sparked a fire on a side of the house.MORE NEWS: Elderly Oak Park Homeowner Gets Possession of Property Back After Demolition; Community Support Flows In For Rebuild
The two-story house is less than a mile from the airport, in a semi-rural neighborhood surrounded by pine trees. The crash occurred about 5:40 p.m.