Woman says pas­sen­gers were con­fined to plane on run­way for six hours

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

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.

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