Passengers revolt after defect blocksTurkish Airlines flight 24 hours in Paris

9th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Aug 9 (AFP) - A malfunction with the landing gear on an Istanbul-bound Turkish Airlines flight stranded some 180 passengers at a Paris airport for more than 24 hours, officials and passengers said Monday.

PARIS, Aug 9 (AFP) - A malfunction with the landing gear on an Istanbul-bound Turkish Airlines flight stranded some 180 passengers at a Paris airport for more than 24 hours, officials and passengers said Monday.  

They were put up in a hotel at Orly airport, south of the capital, overnight after the problem was discovered and they were due to board the repaired aircraft, an Airbus A310, later in the day.  

But many passengers thought the defect was "worse than thought" and had expressed unwillingness to board the plane, one of them, Maud Guerini, told AFP.  

"Our luggage hasn't got to us. Most of the passengers are furious. Turkish Airlines refuses to communicate with us. We no longer want to take this plane, which is having part of its landing gear changed," she said.  

A spokesman for the Paris airports authority contradicted that, saying he believed the airline had been "very transparent" and that the passengers were "calmly" waiting to take the flight.  

No representative of Turkish Airlines was available for comment.  

The plane's malfunction caused one-hour delays Sunday on the runway it was using.

 

© AFP

 

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