(FeaturedNews.com) – A pilot requested 20 passengers from a flight leaving from the Canary Islands to deplane as the aircraft was “too heavy” and the weather conditions would not allow them to depart. The Canary Islands are a popular tourist destination known for its beaches and volcanoes.
The EasyJet flight was meant to depart at 9:45 p.m. from Arrecife Airport, however, the flight was delayed, leading to them actually departing at 11:30 p.m.
The flight ended up landing in Liverpool, England, the following day at 3 a.m. The pilot had claimed that the heavy aircraft along with the fact that the runway at the airport was relatively short meant that the aircraft would not have been able to depart. He added that he and his senior first officer have a lot of experience with that airport and that they had done something similar before.
As he argued, the safety of the passengers was their main priority, and the wind conditions would not have allowed them to depart. This was why he requested that 20 passengers get off the plane. Those who chose to depart were given $550 for staying in the Canary Islands a little bit longer.
In total 19 passengers accepted the deal, while others claimed that they wanted to get to their home that night.
An airline spokesperson also confirmed that 19 passengers had deplaned, arguing that this is standard procedure in cases where the aircraft is over the weight limit for the weather conditions they are facing. They further argued that this is standard procedure for all airlines.
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