Passengers Grounded On United Flight For More Than 14 Hours In Freezing Cold

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Passengers on board a United Airlines flight from Newark, New Jersey, to Hong Kong had a lengthy stay on the tarmac after their flight was diverted to Goose Bay, Canada. 

A medical emergency had originally  caused the plane to divert. Once on the ground, the plane experienced mechanical issues.

Passengers were not allowed to leave the airplane because the Goose Bay Airport did not have a customs officer on duty during the overnight hours.

Overnight temperatures dropped to around 20 below zero. Passengers were finally able to get off the plane after 14 hours.

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Passenger Steven Lau posted this photo of United workers trying to fix an emergency exit door.

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One thought on “Passengers Grounded On United Flight For More Than 14 Hours In Freezing Cold”

  1. This flight should have diverted to Bangor International Airport, in eastern Maine. Full medical services, including a level 2 trauma center, full customs and police services, lodging right at the airport and in town, and full fueling and repair services for aircraft. Also, an 11,440 foot runway will accept the largest aircraft.

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