A United Airlines plane packed of passengers was stuck on a runway in Canada for more than 14 hours after its doors froze shut in -20 degree weather, while travelers complained about running out of food. The United flight bound for Hong Kong departed from Newark, New Jersey, on Saturday at its scheduled 3.05pm departure time, but about five and a half hours into the flight,
it was rerouted to Goose Bay Airport in Newfoundland, Canada, after someone on board had a medical emergency. The plane then landed at the Canadian airport at 9.31pm, where the passenger was offloaded and taken to a local hospital, according to CNN.
Passengers then expected the plane to depart from the airport and continue to Hong Kong, but a mechanical issue prevented the plane from taking off. Apparently one of the airplane’s doors had broken, stranding passengers on the plane while nighttime temperatures outside the plane dropped to -20 degrees.
Passengers were said to have been unable to deplane and head into the airport because there were no customs officers on duty overnight. After being stuck on the plane for about 10 hours, passenger Sonjay Dutt a prowrestler attempting to get to Macau started tweeting at the official United Twitter handle, asking for help when the on-board food stores apparently started running out.
About three hours later, a passenger, Dutt tweeted that Goose Bay Airport officials had arrived at the plane to distribute food from Tim Horton and water to the passengers.
Then, at about 7am, another tweeted that passengers were allowed to get off the plane in groups of 15 to 20 to stretch their legs inside the terminal.
At about 9.15am, passengers were being moved to a ‘rescue’ plane which would take everyone back to Newark Airport, from where they came.