China’s flag bearer says she is ‘safe’ after incident in U.S. that delayed her flight to Pyeongchang

Officials of the Olympic Games organizing committee in Pyeongchang said in a statement Monday that China’s Peng Shuai, who received an honor as China’s flag bearer in Saturday’s opening ceremony, “confirms” that she is safe after her flight to South Korea was delayed in the United States.

Peng’s flight from South Korea to China, which was scheduled to leave Sunday, was disrupted by what Boeing said were technical issues, according to the Associated Press.

Here is the IOC’s official statement in its entirety:

In China, the field athlete who took part in the Opening Ceremony has confirmed that she is now safe and will arrive in Pyeongchang in the following days. The Olympic movement is an international one, and international law obliges all countries and airports to work together, even when faced with emergencies.

U.S. authorities must now determine the exact source of the technical issues that brought the plane to a halt, a point already stressed by the International Air Transport Association. The safety of the aircraft involved and passengers onboard is of the utmost importance. The Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet was in operational control and under its command. Over a week after the Opening Ceremony, the aircraft has undergone no technical problems and has now resumed its journey.

According to spokespeople for the Pyeongchang organizing committee, there has been no news of changes to Peng’s travel plans or her current whereabouts.

Read the full story at Yahoo News.


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