Passengers on a United Airlines flight from New Jersey to Hong Kong were stranded on a plane for around 16 hours in Canada on Sunday. Around 250 passengers were affected.
The United Airlines flight was diverted to Goose Bay Airport in Newfoundland, Canada due to a medical emergency.
To further add to the trauma, the airline encountered a mechanical problem due to the harsh weather conditions.
Passengers claimed they waited on the freezing runway for more than 16 hours with a dwindling supply of food on the plane.
One of the passengers, Sonjay Dutterson, a wrestler, detailed his experience on Twitter. He was on his way to Macau, China for a wrestling show on Tuesday.
“Might not make it Macau on time for EWE. A medical emergency rerouted my plane. Landing in Goose Bay, Canada, where it’s -20. A door broke, can’t fix and awaiting rescue for the last 10 hours as I sit in this place on a runway in middle of nothing Canada. We need help @united,” he tweeted.
He said people were not doing well and there was a low supply of food.
My home for the last 12+ hours. pic.twitter.com/RFbyA2wCXp— SONJAY (@sonjaydutterson) January 20, 2019
Dutterson said the freezing conditions were not conducive for children and the elderly- and begged United Airlines for help.