JetBlue Passengers Stuck On Plane For 7 Hours
MSNBC.COM - Passengers on a JetBlue flight were stranded for seven hours on a plane grounded at Bradley Airport with no bathrooms and no water, according to passengers on the plane who tweeted during the ordeal and others who contacted NBC Connecticut.
The passengers left Fort Lauderdale, Florida, just after 10 a.m. EDT, heading for Newark, but the flight was diverted to Bradley, where it had been since 1:30 p.m.
A paraplegic on the flight had a medical issue, and about seven hours after the plane landed, firefighters took people off the plane on a ladder, one passenger said.
"Still on the plane. We haven't moved. Now EWR closed. Getting ugly in here. People yelling wanting to get off," Andrew Carter said via Twitter just before 6 p.m.
Carter is a sports writer for the Sun Sentinel newspaper in Florida who was intending to cover the Miami Dolphins football game against the New York Giants at the Meadowlands on Sunday, the Hartford Courant reported. He was one of about 200 people on board, the Courant said.
"We ran out of water,'' he told the Courant via cellphone from the plane. "The bathrooms are all clogged up and disgusting. … I've heard about these kind of stories.''
JetBlue Flight 1013 from Boston to New York also was grounded for hours and passengers ran out of water, @HedgeyeENERGY tweeted.
"JetBlue is doing everything possible to ensure our customers affected by today's unusual combination of weather and infrastructure issues are being well cared for," Victoria Lucia of JetBlue said in a statement released Saturday night. "We apologize for the experience."
The JetBlue flights were two of 23 airplanes diverted to Bradley Airport Saturday, according to Gov. Dannel Malloy. The state was trying to move 1,000 cots to the airport late Saturday to help make stranded passengers comfortable, Malloy said.
It was unclear why the passengers were made to stay on the planes for hours before finally being let off.
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