Mechanical, Logistical Issues Delay Columbus-Greensboro
things considered, upstart ultra-low-cost carrier Skybus enjoyed a relatively problem-free first week of
operations. But it's that eighth day that'll get
On Tuesday, the inaugural Skybus flight from the carrier's
Columbus, OH hub to Greensboro, NC was delayed over three hours,
due to a faulty temperature-monitoring system valve in the plane's
cargo hold. Technicians first replaced the valve, but ultimately
had to substitute another plane after an indicator light continued
"I hate that this happened, but it happened," Skybus CEO Bill
Diffenderffer, who was a passenger on the flight, told
TheStreet.com. "We had one of those worst of all cases, a creeping
delay, until we said, 'Let's switch the airplane.'"
"We followed procedures exactly the way they are supposed to be
followed, even when the CEO is going to be embarrassed for being
late on an inaugural," Diffenderffer added.
Alas, that wasn't the end of the problems on the flight. The
scheduled 25-minute turnaround in Greensboro took about twice that
long (TheStreet notes the Skybus website shows a 24-minute turn,
but says the plane's wheels were chocked for about 50 minutes) and
the airline's plan to board passengers on the ramp via airstairs
hit a snag, as the portable stairs would not accommodate
And even that wasn't the end of it... though the last problem
wasn't the airline's fault.
A passenger reportedly became frantic when she thought she had
left a child's medicine onboard the plane from the flight down to
Greensboro. Agents searched the aircraft... until the passenger was
reminded she did, in fact, have the medicine after all.