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17 hour delay for Zoom Glasgow passengers


More than 200 passengers bound for Glasgow Airport delayed for over 17 hours yesterday after their transatlantic flight turned back to Canada because of a problem with the plane's hydraulic system. The problem had a knock on effect for passengers waiting in Glasgow for the plane's next flight, who suffered a similar delay.

The Zoom Airlines Boeing 767 plane was flying from Ottawa via Halifax to Glasgow when the incident happened. A spokesman for Zoom said the pilot decided to turn back 'as a precautionary measure' when a warning light came on just after the plane took off from Halifax. He added that it was never deemed as an emergency.

The pilot was unable to land at Halifax because of bad weather, or at Montreal because of nighttime flying restrictions. The plane eventually landed at Toronto, where passengers were put up in airport hotels for the night. After the problem was resolved the plane resumed its journey at 21:00 yesterday. It was due to land at Glasgow at 03:00 this morning, just over 17 hours later than scheduled.

The problem hit an onward flight operated by Zoom from Glasgow Airport to Vancouver - the next flight to be operated by the plane - which was delayed by almost 17 hours. It was due to leave at 15:45 yesterday but was rescheduled for 08:20 this morning.

A Zoom spokesman said that most of the passengers for the Glasgow - Vancouver flight were aware of the delay after checking the airline's website. Those who did turn arrive were put up overnight at Glasgow Airport hotels, he added.

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