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7-hour flight turns into a 40-hour nightmare for passengers

By Mason White 12:11 PM January 7, 2015
Etihad Airways airplane illustration 

By: Wayne Morin
A flight that was supposed to last just 7 hours lasted one and a half days.

Passengers on a flight from Abu Dhabi, UAE, to Dusseldorf, Germany, went through a series of disasters, which led to several delays of the flight.

Etihad Airways flight EY23 got off to a bad start on Friday, when it was forced to wait 13 hours for take off due to heavy fog in the Persian Gulf.

Unfortunately, passengers were not allowed to go off the plane and were forced to wait over 13 hours in their seats. However, the misery was not over for the unlucky travelers as a man became sick during the flight.

The 73-year-old man suffered a medical emergency mid air. The plane was diverted to Vienna, Austria, so that he could receive treatment. The elderly man later died. The death was ruled to be of natural causes.

However, by the time the plane was ready to take off again, the crew was already over their time limit for service and therefore were banned from continuing on with the flight.

The airline arranged hotel rooms for the passengers in the Vienna, where they spent the night.

The plane arrived in Dusseldorf on Sunday afternoon, finally freeing the exhausted passengers.