Engine failure problems continue for Hovertravel

By Ross Findon

Thursday, August 21, 2014

 

ENGINE failure has been blamed for disruption to Hovertravel crossings this week.

Yesterday (Wednesday) a hovercraft had to return to Ryde after an engine failed, causing a drop in the air pressure used to inflate the craft’s skirt.

Despite efforts to carry out repairs last night (Wednesday), Hovertravel managing director Neil Chapman said the vehicle remained out of service.

As a result Hovertravel will only operate a one craft shuttle service during this afternoon’s commuter period, meaning there will be crossings every 30 minutes, rather than 15 minutes.

Mr Chapman said that even if the entire skirt of a hovercraft deflated, the craft would continue to float, effectively becoming a flat-bottomed boat.

A priority boarding system is in place for season ticket holders, who should notify staff at the terminal.

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