Estimated Time of Arrival: 3 Days Late

Flight to China delayed

Better late than never?

A China Eastern Airlines flight to Shanghai finally left Los Angeles after being delayed almost three days and stranding 279 passengers.

Local airline manager Johnny Qian said the original flight Sunday afternoon was canceled because a light indicated a nose landing gear problem. A rare replacement part and mechanic had to be flown in from Shanghai.

Passengers told the Los Angeles Times they were on the plane for hours before the flight was canceled. They reboarded Monday but were told to get off after the plane sat on the tarmac for an hour.

Some said they became angry and staged a sit-in. Airport police Sgt. Jim Holcomb said no one was arrested.

The flight finally took off at 10:54 p.m. Tuesday.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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