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Angry passengers storm runway, stop plane

April 18, 2012, 7:35 amYahoo! New Zealand

A group of maddened passengers demanding compensation for a delayed flight charged on to a runway in Shanghai and stopped an Etihad plane, according to reports.

Angry passengers storm runway, stop plane
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A group of maddened passengers demanding compensation for a delayed flight charged on to a runway in Shanghai and stopped an Etihad plane, according to reports.

About 20 luggage-wielding people stormed the runway at Pudong International Airport, the Shanghai Daily reports.

Airport and airline officials said an Etihad Airlines flight arriving from the United Arab Emirates at night was forced to stop in a hurry to them.

The passengers were among 161 whose Shenzhen Airlines domestic flight was diverted to Pudong and delayed because of a thunderstorm.

The airline says it had arranged to accommodate passengers at a nearby hotel and put them on flights the following day.

But that didn't satisfy some travellers, who made their point by running on to the runway, the article says.

"Since no one was coming up to solve our problem, we decided to rush to the runway," a man who claimed to be one of the passengers said on the Chinese version of Twitter.

The airport said the incident lasted about five minutes and didn't affect other flights.

Shenzhen Airlines later agreed to pay 1000 yuan (about NZ$193) in compensation to each passenger.

But those who protested could face up to five years in prison.


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  1. skypilot05:12pm Wednesday 18th April 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    this story makes my throttle finger ITCHEY . the captain is the SUPREME COMMANDER of all things aviation related , that includes duty free and layovers . just recently one of my honeys , ohh ,, i mean cabin attendants came up to me in the COCKPIT and whispered softly in my headphones , that i needed more flaps on the approach to BANGKOK . WELL ! what does a captain do in that situation ?

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  2. Getalife05:07pm Wednesday 18th April 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    WELCOME TO "CHINESE CULTURE". Any possible incident is used by many of them to get a Pay-off. Having travelled extensively with them,they ALWAYS want to be first,REFUSE to obey instructions from Flight Crew,YELL,even if taking to someone beside them.Anything sneaky,that they get away with makes them so proud.Watch for yourselves the next time a flight you are on is delayed,you will see HORDES OF THEM pushing to the front,demanding compensation,plus anything else they think of. CHINA - the Worlds largest Psychiatric Ward without a roof.

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  3. Greek04:53pm Wednesday 18th April 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Weetabix, not Weetbix, all the way. My doctor told me you get more nutrients from cardboard that you do Weetbix. It makes you feel full because its like glue, won't shift.

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  4. TIGER9904:39pm Wednesday 18th April 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Hey KEYS i hope that you are taking learning lession whaile you are in Sinapore you need a lession in running NZ and how to stop telling lies to the nation

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  5. Drew04:35pm Wednesday 18th April 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Are you sure this is okay for us to comment on yahoo, did you check with the new world order first

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  6. Drew04:32pm Wednesday 18th April 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Are you sure that this is alright to comment on yahoo did you check with the new world order first

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  7. Snart03:47pm Wednesday 18th April 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    What has the taste of Weetbix got to do with people playing chicken on a Chinese Airport Runway ? Or was it the airline food that they were objecting to ? Somehow I think this report is not telling the whole story. Would a whole bunch of sane passengers run onto a runway just because their plane was diverted to avoid a thunderstorm ? I thought the Chinese are supposed to be big on security. Do us a favour !

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  8. Ian leonard03:33pm Wednesday 18th April 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Noticed where there are asians there are problems, watch Border control on TV who are the worst offenders trying to bring in crap and other illegal stuff, drugs. Look at what's coming in in parcels disguised as innocent freight, one guess where it's coming from, no prize for Asian country.

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  9. winston03:30pm Wednesday 18th April 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Sanitarium can get lost.The name SANITARIUM alone makes one think of some kind of institution.Na don't buy their products...Yanks stop bullying honest traders.

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  10. skip03:28pm Wednesday 18th April 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    a story about a plane and we get these morons going on about food and politics, why, because they only know how to moan and bicker, what a horrible life they must lead

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