They say any flight you walk away from is a good flight. But out of flights that all passengers walked away from this one may have been the worst: Air France stranded 282 passengers for three days. In Siberia. Oh, and they had no Russian visas so required constant police monitoring.
Passengers on an Air France flight en route to Shanghai were left stranded in freezing Siberia for three days after their plane was forced to make an emergency landing and their replacement plane suffered a technical issue.
The flight from Paris to Shanghai was forced to land in the Siberian city of Irkutsk on Sunday after smoke and an “acrid” smell filled the cabin,
Flight AF116, operated by a Boeing 777 diverted on Saturday. It was 70% of the way to Shanghai at the time. The airline sent a replacement but it couldn’t make the journey back.
Here’s the worst part:
- No one had the right clothes to be outside in Siberia.
- There wasn’t much going outside anyway because without Russian Visas everyone had to remain under police surveillance.
Everyone was finally flown out of Siberia on Wednesday.