Passengers held on plane at Gatwick for 8 hours
October 17th, 2011 by elisa

I once found myself circling Guernsey for three hours because of fog preventing the plane from landing. The sick feeling of not being able to leave the tiny space was almost unbearable; I now spare a thought for the passengers stuck on a plane at Gatwick airport for more than eight hours after fog caused their flight to be diverted.

The Air India flight from Mumbai was due to land in Heathrow when fog caused the flight to be diverted to Gatwick. Only 20 minutes away from their destination, passengers were forced to stay on the plane for eight hours while they waited for a new crew to board before finishing their journey. They were fed crisps and coke while they waited, but police had to be called to prevent a breach of the peace as passengers became more and more frustrated with the situation.

One passenger, Mark Shorey said “I don’t understand why we were diverted then not allowed to leave. I felt I was already home, I was in London, I didn’t mind the extra hassle of coming from Gatwick into London.”

He added that the passengers were given a note of apology from the airline when they got off the plane, but he certainly was not satisfied with the response.



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