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Flight turned into nightmare on leaky bus without toilets

May 15, 2014 Aviation, Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

egtmedia59Passengers who bought Air New Zealand tickets to fly to their destination finished up instead stranded inside a leaky bus with no toilets in a wild storm, fearing for their lives and unable to communicate with the outside world.

The Press newspaper in Christchurch has vividly recounted the tale of the bus ride from hell. Passengers are demanding New Zealand’s Prime Minister investigate their nightmare journey, the paper reported. Coles-Training_250X250px

It began when an Easter storm grounded flights from Christchurch to Nelson and the airline apparently organised coach travel as a substitute. It was no easy ride. Passengers say landslides blocked the road, stranding them in an allegedly leaking bus without toilets.

A landslide near Kaikoura halted the bus in atrociously bad weather, and when the vehicle turned back to Christchurch another slip blocked the way, reportedly trapping bus and passengers for 22 hours.

Many of the passengers feared for their lives, one passenger said.

A particularly gripping part of the account read: “The bus passengers, who had an unstable and moving hillside above them on one side and a raging sea on the other, sat and heard, and then watched, a major slip of boulders, mud and tree debris sweep across the road right in front of the bus.”

Bulldozers eventually set the bus free and the passengers were later offered a full refund of their airfares and compensation by Air New Zealand.

Whether they consider that enough remains to be seen.

Written by : Peter Needham

Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. angelique says:

    well at least Air New Zealand, did give assistance to get people to their destination. No one can help the weather. wonder whether a low cost carrierr in Australia. would have offered alternative transport,or would they be at their departure point, buying a new ticket the next day?
    However I wouldn’t have liked to be on that bus either!

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