Hundreds traveling from Chicago to London stranded in Canada after emergency landing: report
CHICAGO — Hundreds of “fuming” United Airlines passengers were reportedly stranded in a remote area of Canada after their plane was forced to make an emergency landing, according to the Daily Mail.
The Daily Mail reports United Airlines flight 958 from O’Hare to London was diverted to Goose Bay Airport in Canada following a “maintenance issue.” There travelers were made to stay over in barracks, according to the report.
The passengers were “hungry, cold and confused,” the report says, after only two meals in 20 hours and little contact from the airline during the stay.
Meanwhile, passengers claimed the flight crew were able to stay over in a comfortable hotel.
“We have been completely abandoned by United staff,” passenger Simon Millward told DailyMail.com Saturday evening. “We were put in barracks with no heating, in the freezing north, and given two thin sheets to sleep with.”
According to screen captures by the Daily Mail, when another passenger tweeted at United Airlines asking why the crew stayed in a hotel while passengers were “stranded” in the barracks, United replied back, “The crew must rest in order to continue the flight. You can rest on board the aircraft knowing that they are in charge.” The apparent passenger, @SurrogateNerd, has a private Twitter account not open to the public.
Twitter exploded with passengers and friends of passengers blasting United for the lack of communication.
A United Airlines spokesman told Mirror.com travelers would be refunded for their tickets to London.
According to two passengers on Twitter, the travelers are now in Newark, N.J.