Sunday, August 19, 2012

NEWS | 150 Air India flyers spend 3 hours in grounded plane


Around 150 passengers heading forHyderabad on Thursday night were left stranded inside their aircraft at IGI Airport for over three hours after their plane developed a technical snag.

Boarding for Air India's AI-126 Chicago-Hyderabad flight had started around 9.30pm. Till 12.45am, passengers waited inside the aircraft as the crew claimed there was a technical snag that they were trying to fix. Passengers on board said the air conditioning was also not working during this period. "The crew told us that there was a problem but would not say how long it would take to fix the problem. It had become quite hot and uncomfortable inside the aircraft by this time. Three hours later, they told us that the aircraft would have to be changed and made us deboard," said Bharat, a passenger.

Around 12.30am, the passengers started deboarding and came to stand in the aerobridge area that is between the aircraft and boarding gate. "Passengers were tired and frustrated. We were not being told anything by the staff, none of whom were in a senior position. I have to be in Hyderabad on Friday morning to attend my mother's funeral," said Yunus Khan, a 


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