Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Passengers' 5-Hour Hell as Plane's Air Con Fails

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Passengers' 5-Hour Hell as Plane's Air Con Fails

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Byline: ANNA DAVIS

MORE than 100 passengers were ordered to stay on a grounded jet for five hours when its air conditioning broke down on one of the hottest days of the year.

All 177 people on the British Airways Boeing 767, including families with babies, were told they could not get off for "security reasons" and had to endure sweltering Heathrow temperatures of 33C (91F) while engineers fixed the problem.

Anthony Singer, 30, of New Jersey, was one of those trapped on the Newark-bound flight that was due to leave at 6.40pm.

He said: "We were sweating and our clothes were clinging to us. There was no flexibility from the crew in letting us off.

"There were a number of small babies that were crying and their families were struggling to keep them entertained.

"We travelled on the Tube to get to the airport, which was pretty bad because it was so hot - but on the plane it was exactly the same." Mr Singer, originally from Ealing, said passengers were shown the film Ice Age 2. …

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