Belt botch-up delays flight

MICHELLE DUFF
Last updated 10:24 12/12/2013

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A flight has been grounded after a pilot couldn't make it click this morning.

Passengers on Virgin Australia flight VA65 that was due to fly from Wellington to Brisbane at 6.45 this morning now face a long wait at Wellington Airport.

Passengers boarded their flight before being told the pilot was having seatbelt difficulties, and there would be a short delay.

Riley McMillan, 16, said they sat on board for half an hour before flight attendants announced seatbelt parts would need to be brought up from Christchurch, and there would be a three-hour delay.

Passengers got off the plane and were informed an hour later that they would be flying on a new plane, now leaving at 3pm.

"Someone said: 'Is it your shout for pizza?'" Riley said.

It was, with Virgin giving out food vouchers because of the delay.

A Virgin spokeswoman confirmed the flight was unable to depart because of a pilot's malfunctioning seatbelt.

Another aircraft was being flown from Brisbane to run the service later in the day.

"We apologise to guests for any inconvenience and are working to get them on their way as soon as possible."

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