US Plane Forced To Refuel Without Flying Anywhere For Over 6 Hours
A US flight taxiing on runway for over 6 hours, then forced to refuel without flying anywhere & ultimately got canceled. Passengers were offered just a cup of water & a few cookies.
A United Airlines flight from Newark to Denver that was scheduled to depart taxied on a New York runway for so long that it had to refuel.
A United representative informed The Independent that the aircraft remained on the runway for more than 6 hours before landing back at the terminal because it “no longer had adequate fuel for the entire trip.”
Due to bad weather, the flight was originally unable to take off as scheduled.
Hiroko Tabuchi, a writer for the New York Times, posted on social media about the disastrous flight that ultimately was canceled.
According to Ms. Tabuchi passengers were instructed to exit the aircraft when it arrived at the gate so that it might be refueled before continuing its journey after the prolonged delay on the tarmac.
After disembarking, passengers learned that the flight had been canceled via an alert on the United app, but were instructed to board again by Newark airport employees.
When Ms. Tabuchi shared the airline’s alert to her employees and pilots, she stated that they were equally perplexed as the passengers.
Despite the conflicting signals, the passengers had finally settled down and were prepared for flight once more. They encountered additional delays, though, and waited on the runway for an additional two hours.
Oh my god, after 8.5 hours at Newark’s tarmac waiting for passengers to board, reboard, and refuel the aircraft, Ms. Tabuchi tweeted that the flight was canceled.
“We’re making one last trip back to the gate. This time, the staff is to blame because they’ve left work. The pilot just told us, “I’ve run out of excuses.”
During the 8.5 hours delay, passengers reportedly received nothing except a cup of water and a “small packet of those Biscoff cookies.”
The passengers were stuck on the plane for a total of 9 hours, “consuming fuel the whole time,” according to Ms. Tabuchi, who recalls that it took another 30 minutes to arrive at the gate and exit once more.
The following morning, she took an Amtrak train to Philadelphia before catching a flight to Denver.
In the US, a flight’s typical taxi time is between 16 and 27 minutes, using 5% of the fuel used during the flight.