By Staff writer
Weather forced flight to redirect from Manchester to Birmingham
Police were twice called to a Qatar Airways aircraft at Birmingham airport after passengers became frustrated over being stranded on the tarmac for five hours.
Severe winds prevented the Doha flight from landing at Manchester airport, and forced the pilots to redirect to Birmingham, according to a report in the Daily Mail.
Passengers were told to remain on board the aircraft to wait for the plane to be refuelled and for a new flight crew to arrive at the airport.
Police were first called to the aircraft when passengers became agitated about the ongoing delay. They returned two hours later when passengers threatened to disembark the plane.
The passengers were eventually allowed into the terminal, where they waited to be taken by bus to Manchester.
Meanwhile, the knock-on effect of the delay meant the outbound flight from Manchester to Doha was also delayed, with some passengers waiting up to 24 hours.
A spokesperson for Qatar Airways apologised for the delay, which she said was due the flight being unable to land at Manchester owing to strong winds.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
What is it with the Gulf based Airlines & policy regarding keeping the passenger onboard during long delays????
I guess thats the reason I fly Asian Airlines during my travel.
I was on that flight. Qatar airways should have let us disembark at Birmingham as soon as we landed and then organized buses to Manchester.
Instead they had us wait on the plane in the middle of a gale.
They had access to weather reports. They must have known there was no chance of taking off or even landing.
Perhaps the five star airline was trying to save the cost of buses to Manchester .
My wife and I both caught a virus after spending 18 hours on the plane and going twice to a terminal in the freezing cold.