A Brussels Airlines plane has been on the ground in the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, since Friday evening due to technical problems. After the flight was canceled for the second day in a row on Saturday, there was disruption among passengers, the airline confirmed after reports on X (formerly Twitter). They rushed to the runway towards the plane.
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The plane, a long-haul Airbus A330 with registration OO-SFF, was supposed to leave Kinshasa for Brussels on Friday with about 230 passengers on board, but technical problems hampered the work. Brussels Airlines spokeswoman Joelle Knipp said the flight had been postponed until Saturday, but “unfortunately it has been postponed again.” “As a result of the second cancellation, there was some disruption at Kinshasa Airport.”
Not only were there disturbances in the terminal, but around two dozen passengers are also said to have entered the runway to protest the plane. Then airport security staff had to intervene.
“Safety is a top priority”
“We sincerely apologize to our passengers for the inconvenience caused by these cancellations,” Nip added. “The safety of our passengers and crew remains our top priority at all times. All our teams are doing their best to transport passengers to their final destination as quickly as possible.
Travelers were offered hotel accommodation. Other Brussels Airlines flights to and from Kinshasa have no problems.
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