A British Airways crew member reportedly sobbed during a sequence of accidents that caused a 29-hour flight delay, according to a passenger who spoke with La Repubblica.
An Italian publication reported that at 9:30 a.m. local time on Wednesday, there were about 180 passengers set to board the flight from Naples International Airport in Italy to London Heathrow Airport in the UK.
The crew and passengers boarded the plane as usual, but the captain informed them that the plane couldn’t take off because of an issue with one of the cockpit’s electronic panels. This is according to Simple Flying.
Time frame for the delay
Passengers were instructed to exit at 12:14 p.m. to eat lunch in the terminal building and return at 2:50 p.m., according to Simple Flying. But after getting back on the aircraft, it still didn’t take off.
Although his announcements were unclear, the pilot kept flying. The flight crew alternatedly blamed the ongoing delay on mechanical issues and heavy traffic over London Heathrow.
The flight was reportedly cancelled at 5 p.m. and passengers were once more instructed to depart, according to Simple Flying. They were then advised that they had been switched to a flight on Thursday that would depart at 12:30 PM and use the same aircraft.
According to Paola Capobianco of La Repubblica, passengers were provided hotel rooms on the plane on Wednesday night. According to Capobianco, they had to go through airport security again the next day and waited in line for around two hours.
After boarding the rescheduled plane, there were additional delays, and Capobianco asserted that during the turmoil, a member of the flight crew started crying.
FlightAware, a flight-tracking website, reported that the plane landed at Heathrow at 4:40 pm local time. This happened more than 29 hours after it was supposed to arrive at 11 a.m.
A representative of British Airways expressed regret for the trouble.
We apologise to our customers for the delay to their trip caused by a technical issue with one of our flights, a British Airways representative told Insider. Our main priority is always the safety of our passengers and crew, and we never fly a flight until it is safe to do so.
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A British Airways employee sobbed before to the flight’s delay.
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