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EasyJet Removes 19 Passengers Off Flight As Plane Was ‘Too Heavy To Take Off’

EasyJet Removes 19 Passengers Off Flight As Plane Was 'Too Heavy To Take Off'

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EasyJet Removes 19 Passengers Off Flight As Plane Was ‘Too Heavy To Take Off’

The EasyJet flight to Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport was due to take off but did not depart as the plane was heavy.

The flight from Lanzarote’s Arrecife Airport to Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport had been due to take off at 9.45 pm late Wednesday but didn’t depart from the Spanish airport as the plane was ‘too heavy to take off,’ and poor weather conditions. EasyJet was left with no choice but to remove about 19 passengers from the flight and eventually took off at nearly 11:30 pm. 

Passengers on the EasyJet flight were informed by the pilot about the aircraft being too heavy to take off and about 19 onboard volunteered to get off the plane. 

EasyJet Removes 19 Passengers Off Flight As Plane Was 'Too Heavy To Take Off'
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‘Thank you all for getting here today. Because there are so many of you it’s a pretty heavy aircraft. That heavy aircraft combined with a pretty short runway and with the current unfavorable conditions here in Lanzarote, means the aircraft is too heavy to take off. I’ve been sat with my senior first officer and we’re very experienced with this and have done this before, the pilot said, as per a video filmed by a passenger. 

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The pilot continued, ‘With safety as our number one priority, there is no way, with the current wind conditions, that we could get this aircraft airborne. There are a number of factors – it’s very hot, the wind isn’t fantastic, the direction isn’t great. Now, you might be wondering what happens next and that’s what I’ve come in here to say. I have spoken with our operations team and the one way to solve a problem with a heavy aircraft is to make it slightly lighter.’

EasyJet Removes 19 Passengers Off Flight As Plane Was 'Too Heavy To Take Off'
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They concluded, ‘If possible, I would like to ask up to 20 volunteers to choose not to fly to Liverpool tonight. If anyone wants to volunteer there will be an incentive. The current number we’ve been quoted by easyJet is up to €500 per passenger who is willing to not fly tonight.’ As the pilot speaks, some passengers could be heard saying undertone ‘I want to go home tonight,’ while many others were seen shaking their heads. 

As per EasyJet’s flight tracker, apart from the plane being too heavy, the delay was also due to poor weather conditions in Lanzarote. 

EasyJet Removes 19 Passengers Off Flight As Plane Was 'Too Heavy To Take Off'
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Per Liverpool Echo, a spokesman for EasyJet confirmed that 19 passengers volunteered to get off the plane. They said, ‘easyJet can confirm that 19 passengers on flight EZY3364 from Lanzarote to Liverpool yesterday evening volunteered to travel on a later flight as a result of the aircraft being over the weight limits for the weather conditions. This is a routine operational decision in these circumstances and weight restrictions are in place for all airlines for safety reasons. 

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The spokesman added in their interview with Liverpool Echo, ‘In the event that a flight would exceed weight limits, we ask for passengers to volunteer to transfer to a later flight free of charge which is what happened on this occasion and volunteers are provided with compensation in line with regulations. The safety and welfare of our passengers and crew is always easyJet’s highest priority.’ However, the flight successfully arrived at John Lennon Airport just after 3 am yesterday. 

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