Air Transat passengers trapped on grounded plane for hours

Passengers were forced to call 911 when their flight was grounded at the Ottowa, Canada airport for six hours Monday night without air conditioning, causing at least one child to get sick.  

Air Transat Flight 157 from Brussels was scheduled to land in Montreal at 3:15pm, but couldn't because of severe storms. 

After circling around Montreal for a few hours, the plane was diverted to Ottowa, where it landed around 5pm.  

Passengers say they were given little information about why they were grounded in the ensuing hours, or how long they were going to be kept on the plane. 

At first, the air conditioning was kept on, but as the plane's fuel supply dwindled, the pilot shut off the power - cutting off the air conditioning and lighting.

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More than 300 passengers on an Air Transat flight from Brussels to Montreal were forced to sit on the tarmac at Ottowa airport Monday night when they became grounded in the storm

More than 300 passengers on an Air Transat flight from Brussels to Montreal were forced to sit on the tarmac at Ottowa airport Monday night when they became grounded in the storm

With 336 passengers on board, the plane quickly heated up and passengers said it became hard to breathe.  

'It was a nightmare,' passenger Maryanne Zéhil told Global News. 'There were children crying … some people had panic attacks and screamed 'I need to get out!'' 

Laura Mah, another passenger, told CBC News that one child started puking and people started 'losing their minds'.

Eventually, a passenger called 911 and paramedics responded to the airport, bringing water bottles for the trapped passengers. 

When the power was cut off, passengers called 911 because it was getting hot on the plane and people were getting sick

A responding police officer after passengers rang 911

When the power was cut off, passengers called 911 because it was getting hot on the plane and people were getting sick. Above, a responding police officer 

Paramedics brought the stranded passengers bottles of water 

Paramedics brought the stranded passengers bottles of water 

Previously, the flight attendants had been passing out small

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