Passengers looking forward to having fun in the sun were delayed a few hours after a WestJet jet to Palm Springs was reversed in a YVR asphalt truck Thursday morning.
"WestJet 1722 flight from Vancouver to Palm Springs has come into contact with a catering vehicle," said Morgan Bell, a spokesman for WestJet's media.
Passengers go to social media
Passenger @SunshineSucks went to Twitter, complaining that the flight was canceled because the pilot drove "in an asphalt truck".
Oh my @WestJet the flight was canceled because our pilot destroyed the plane, driven in an asphalt truck. At the top, I'm not in the air on an airplane piloted by a pilot so incompetent that he made a plane by riding a truck.
Westjet responded to the tweet saying that the aircraft was under the control of its ground crew contracted at the time of the incident.
The passengers and the crew returned to the gate and were unloaded, while arrangements were made to secure another airplane.
Earlier in the day @ mattgolfLAB tweeted he was looking forward to a family time of quality and warmth but an hour later tweeted "Who supports a plane in something at an airport?"
Hey @WestJet What is the game plan? For a complete fight at Palm Springs. @yvrairport he does not know how to push a plane back so the flight does not happen. Who supports a plane at something at an airport?
WestJet says the pilot's fault was not a problem, because a pusher crew and a tug were shifted to move the plane backwards.
"We sincerely apologize for the delay and inconvenience that our guests could have provoked and work to make them as soon as possible," the statement said.
The plan was taken out of service
A spokesman for the YVR said the plane was taken out of service.
The flight left at 15:05 PT, three and a half hours after the scheduled time.