A tourist whose flight from London to Athens, Greece turned into a 33-hour travel odyssey involving four British Airways planes
BA today said this was because the delay from the first cancellation would have meant cabin crew exceeding their allocated working hours.
Passengers had to stay on the plane for an hour because of “security issues” before being let off. They were given vouchers for a free night’s stay in a London hotel and told to return the following day to board a third plane.
However, moments after take-off at 1.40pm passengers heard six loud bangs as the plane juddered and the starboard engine caught fire, spitting out flames.
A fourth plane took off at about 7.40 pm on Wednesday and the couple did not reach Athens until the early hours of Thursday. BA today confirmed that the Heathrow to Athens passengers were forced to board four separate planes over two days.
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