or 282 unlucky passengers getting from Paris to Shanghai has proven much, much more difficult than expected.
The travelers left Paris on an Air France flight on Saturday, expecting to arrive in Shanghai the following day. Instead, the plane was forced to make an unexpected landing in the Siberian city of Irkutsk after light smoke and an “acrid” smell filled the cabin. The airline said that none of the passengers had been hurt and all were provided with rooms in a hotel near to the airport.
— AIRLIVE (@airlivenet) November 12, 2018
But their travel nightmare did not end there. On Monday, Air France sent a plane from Paris to take them the rest of the way to Shanghai. However, that plane ended up being grounded as well at the Irkutsk airport due to a technical issue. Both planes are Boeing 777s with 14 years of flight miles under their belts.
A replacement Boeing 777 arrived in Irkutsk and this aircraft is also facing a technical issue making the flight from Irkutsk to Shanghai impossible to operate.
Both Boeing 777s remain on the ground in Irkutsk, Russia. pic.twitter.com/9Z2YfFVmdR
— Flight Alerts (@FlightAlerts_) November 13, 2018
Air France was then forced to send a third plane from Paris to Irkutsk. Currently, it’s flying over the Baltic Sea while the stranded passengers continue to enjoy Siberia in November.
Air France yesterday sent another aircraft but a technical issue has grounded it in Irkutsk as wellhttps://t.co/k0KEHsF4pk
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) November 13, 2018