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Malfunctions cancel first Skyjet flight to Boracay

TAIPEI--Philippine-based Skyjet Airlines on Friday called off what would have been its inaugural flight from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to Boracay after detecting signal abnormalities on its BAE 146 jet.

The 73 passengers aboard had to exit the plane, originally scheduled to take off at 9:50 a.m., after the pilot noticed the malfunctions and decided that the aircraft needed to go through safety checks.

The passengers were kept waiting until the afternoon before eventually being told that the flight was canceled.

The budget airline gave each passenger compensation of NT$1,000 (US$33) but did not offer any further explanations for the incident.

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