easyJet plane "too heavy" to take off from Birmingham

easyJet plane "too heavy" to take off from Birmingham

Thirty passengers were ordered off an easyJet plane in Birmingham on Boxing Day because it had been loaded with too much fuel before take-off. The flight, which was scheduled to fly to Geneva in Switzerland, had to lose weight before take-off so the company asked for volunteers to disembark. Following a lukewarm response - only seven people took up the offer - the last 30 passengers to board were then told to get off the easyJet plane. The low cost carrier apologised and said it would compensate the passengers after the incident at Birmingham Airport on Boxing Day. “The cause of the weight restriction was due to a fuelling error, which resulted in the aircraft taking on too much fuel, and therefore being too heavy for take-off when fully loaded,” explained Easyjet spokesman Andrew McConnell. “An investigation has been launched to understand how this happened.”

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