Montreal-bound Air Transat passengers stranded on Ottawa tarmac call 911

Montreal-bound Air Transat passengers stranded on Ottawa tarmac call 911
Montreal-bound Air Transat passengers stranded on Ottawa tarmac call 911

Published on: August 1, 2017 | Last Updated: August 1, 2017 7:45 AM EDT

December 20, 2011-- Air Transat has a new colour scheme: the Welcome mosaic, the star on the tail and the blue rear fuselage.

December 20, 2011-- Air Transat has a new colour scheme: the Welcome mosaic, the star on the tail and the blue rear fuselage.

Passengers aboard an Air Transat flight bound for Montreal from Brussels found themselves stranded on their aircraft for six hours Monday night after it was diverted to Ottawa because of thunderstorms.

The flight was supposed to land at Trudeau airport Monday afternoon, but was diverted because of poor weather conditions created by a chain of heavy thunderstorms.

In an interview with Presse Canadienne, passenger Maryanne Zéhil said for passengers were prevented from leaving the aircraft for six hours after it landed. She said the aircraft became very hot and passengers had difficulty breathing.

One of the passengers called 911, at which point measures were taken to improve conditions, most notably the distribution of water to passengers who had been on the aircraft at that point for 15 hours.

Apparently the aircraft’s pilot was waiting for a chance to refuel before leaving Ottawa for Montreal.

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