British Airways passengers forced to spend night on plane during epic 22-hour diversion
Passengers on a British Airways flight needed to spend all the night time on the aircraft on the tarmac throughout a diversion that lasted for 22 hours.
Flight BA31 from London Heathrow to Hong Kong on 8 October had made the 11-hour journey with no hitch till the method to Hong Kong.
Tropical storms thwarted two makes an attempt to land the Boeing 777 plane, earlier than a “plan B” needed to be deployed and the flight diverted to Manila within the Philippines – 700 miles away.
The aircraft touched down two hours later, however there have been additional issues.
A return to Hong Kong wasn’t doable because the storms continued, whereas Covid restrictions meant a lot of the passengers weren’t eligible to enter the Philippines.
The end result was that every one travellers and crew needed to spend the night time onboard.
The flight had landed at 4pm native time on Saturday and didn’t take-off once more for Hong Kong till 10am on Sunday, which means passengers had been caught on the grounded jet for round 18 hours.
They lastly arrived in Hong Kong at 12pm – following yet another aborted touchdown and “go round” earlier than touching down – roughly 22 hours delayed, and 33 hours after first leaving London.
Video shared on social media reveals passengers bursting into applause and cheering when the aircraft landed in Hong Kong.
A British Airways spokesperson advised The Unbiased: “Like different airways, our flight diverted to Manila as a result of tropical storm Lionrock, it later safely landed in Hong Kong.
“We cared for our clients on board the plane and apologise for the inconvenience.”
Passengers onboard praised BA cabin crew for the way in which they dealt with the state of affairs.
“Thanks all,” tweeted one. “Applause in HK for British Airways improbable crew BA31.”
One other commented: “The crew had been all sensible and handed every part professionally, and had been caught in the identical state of affairs. Kudos to British Airways.”