NARITA, Chiba -- When you gotta go, you gotta go -- especially on a transpacific flight. An airplane bound for Dallas, Texas, had to make an emergency return back to Narita International Airport after the toilets broke.
American Airlines Flight 176, a Boeing 777 that seats 294 passengers and was set for an 11-hour flight to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, returned to Narita about an hour after its takeoff at 12:10 p.m. on March 15 and made an emergency landing.
According to the Narita Airport Office of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, the broken toilets in question were located in the economy class section of the plane. About 40 minutes into the flight, it was discovered that the toilets could not be flushed. The cause was broken equipment that led to low water pressure.
Responding to requests from passengers to use the toilet, the plane returned to Narita. The travelers boarded a different airplane some three hours later to resume their journey to Texas. As a result of the emergency landing, 12 flights leaving and arriving at Narita were delayed by up to 21 minutes.