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8 hour delay at Glasgow Airport because pilot's seatbelt was broken

19.08.05

Holidaymakers flying from Glasgow airport to Malaga were delayed for more than eight hours on Thursday morning - because their pilot's seatbelt wasn't working. The passengers were told the flight was being delayed because of a 'unscheduled maintenance', as AirScotland's maintenance engineers refused to allow the flight to leave.

Passengers on the AirScotland flight to Malaga checked in at 04:30, but were forced to wait into the afternoon before eventually flying off because of the 'technical difficulty'. The frustrated tourists had to hang around Glasgow Airport while a new part for the seatbelt was delivered from London Luton airport.

The flight had been due to leave Glasgow Airport at 07:00 yesterday, but passengers were told that it had been delayed due to 'unscheduled maintenance'. The airline didn't divulge the exact details of what was wrong with the plane until the flight eventually took off at 13:00.

A spokeswoman for Air Scotland said: 'When we say the flight is delayed due to technical difficulties, people always assume it's to do with the engines, but it can mean hundreds of things. In this case, there was simply a problem with the captain's seatbelt.'

'It doesn't sound like much, but our maintenance engineers are very efficient and couldn't sign it off until it was fixed. We had to wait on the other part arriving from Luton. We apologise to passengers for the delay but it's better these things are fixed.'

AirScotland has come under fire before for lengthy delays. Last September, a flight to Alicante was delayed at Edinburgh Airport for 15 hours.

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