United Airlines passengers delayed on board plane for 16 hours

Baku, January 22, AZERTAC

A United Airlines flight was forced to divert to a small airport in rural Canada on Sunday evening, leading to an hours-long delay on the tarmac in sub-zero temperatures.

According to an airline statement sent to Euronews, UA flight 179 was en route from New York to Hong Kong when it was forced to divert to Goose Bay Airport in Canada due to a medical emergency.

The passenger suffering the medical emergency was transported to a local hospital, but flight 179 was unable to resume its journey due to a mechanical issue.

A wait of over 16 hours ensued aboard the faulty aircraft due to an absence of customs staff at the Canadian airport terminal, which prevented passengers from disembarking.

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