Hundreds of passengers on a Jetstar Bangkok flight Saturday were stranded on board the aircraft at Alice Springs airport for seven hours.
The latest mega-delay comes just days after a 2-hour flight across Japan became a 16-hour nightmare when a flight was denied permission to land because it was 10 minutes late.
Jetstar flight JQ30 was heading from Bangkok to Melbourne on Saturday with 320 passengers on board when it had to be diverted to Alice Springs after a passenger suffered a suspected stroke.
The ailing passenger was taken off the flight at Alice Springs for medical treatment.
Replacement aircraft for Jetstar Bangkok flight
According to Australia’s Channel Nine, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft was meant to take off and resume its flight to Melbourne when an electrical fault was detected.
A second plane had to be flown in, and Alice Springs is quite a long way from anywhere a replacement jet may be mobilised from.
Passengers on board were then told that they would not be allowed to leave the plane. Alice Springs is a purely domestic airport, and not an international airport. It lacks customs and security clearance to process the passengers, even if those passengers are just stretching their legs.
Jetstar Bangkok flight stuck on the tarmac
There is obviously a big chance that refugees, or other suspicious returning from their vacations in Koh Samui and Phuket, might make a break for the baking subtropical desert that surrounds the airfield, a place where scorpions struggle to survive.
That news meant passengers were stuck on the tarmac with limited food and no in-flight entertainment for seven hours while they waited for the replacement plane. Eventually passing through some legal loophole, it was suddenly possible for passengers to leave the plane. This move to get off one plane would prove essential in getting on another one.
Passengers were eventually marched off the plane into a room at the terminal where they waited for a while before being hustled onto the replacement plane, touching down in Melbourne after 11pm yesterday.
Gone, but not forgotten
But of course, something is missing. To everyone’s surprise, passengers will have to wait until today for their luggage to arrive, because there was no equipment in Alice Springs to take the bags of the 787-8.
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