Woman says passengers were confined to plane on runway for six hours
MONTREAL — A woman who was aboard an Air Transat flight says she and other passengers were forced to stay in the plane on an Ottawa runway for six hours in uncomfortably warm conditions. Maryanne Zehil says the plane, which had originated in Brussels, was meant to land in Montreal on Monday but that the 336 passengers were told it would not be possible because of storms. Zehil tells The Canadian Press the captain then diverted the plane to Ottawa.
She says it was very hot in the plane and that some passengers were having trouble breathing.
She adds that one person called 911 and that is when bottles of water were handed out. At that point, passengers had been in the Airbus A330 for 15 hours.