170 stranded in Germany after smell on plane
A FLIGHT from Turkey to Bristol Airport had to make an emergency landing in Germany after the crew noticed a burning smell.
The 174 passengers on the flight from Antalya on Turkey's south coast had to leave the plane at Munich Airport while the source of the smell was traced to a faulty extractor fan.
Once the plane landed at 2.30am yesterday, passengers were hurried to the airport's departure lounge and left there for most of the day.
Jason Cole, 46, from Whitchurch, was returning from a two-week family holiday with his wife Carole and son Matthew, 17.
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He told the Evening Post that passengers were not given much information and were only told what was going on 14 hours after they landed in the German city.
He said holidaymakers were also annoyed that duty free goods bought in Antalya airport were confiscated by German authorities.
"Some people had expensive perfume or bottles of whisky," he said.
"There were lots of people with children who were getting fed up.
"We were given ten euros for breakfast, 15 euros for lunch and a tooth brush but apart from that we were left with no idea what was happening."
A spokeswoman for Thomas Cook Airlines said the company was trying to ensure the plane was repaired quickly but it took longer than originally anticipated.
"Delays of any length are frustrating and we'd like to sincerely apologise to all passengers affected on the Antalya to Bristol flight."
The flight – TCX7653 – finally departed Munich around 8pm last night – almost 17 hours after it was supposed to have landed.