Flight grounded due to pilot's broken seatbelt

MICHELLE DUFF
Last updated 10:20 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 6.45am 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 passengers 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 disembarked, 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 $24 in food vouchers for the wait.

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," she said.

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