Air Transat Toronto-Manchester flight grounded in Montreal
Flight turned around over Atlantic Ocean
An Air Transat flight, TS564, travelling from Toronto to Manchester, U.K., was safely diverted to Montreal after experiencing electronic issues — but remained grounded at Trudeau airport for much of the day.
The plane, an Airbus A-310, left Toronto at 11:45 p.m. on Thursday. It flew past Newfoundland before turning back toward Montreal early Friday morning.
Passengers still hadn't left Montreal by 9 p.m. E.T. and took to social media in frustration.
Dear <a href="https://twitter.com/airtransat">@airtransat</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/flight564?src=hash">#flight564</a>. Twice failed to fly to UK. You leave your poor staff & customers with no communication & a voucher? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/shame?src=hash">#shame</a>—@AntTrumpet
Air Transat cited mechanical problems and apologized for the inconvenience on Twitter. The company said passengers would be compensated.
Passengers were scheduled to depart on a new plane at 9:30 p.m. ET Friday — 22 hours after they first left Toronto.
It appears that plane took off on schedule.
<a href="https://twitter.com/aprilmissi">@aprilmissi</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/traceylindeman">@traceylindeman</a> we know it is difficult for the passengers. But safety first. We apologize again.—@airtransat
LIVE: Air Transat <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TS564?src=hash">#TS564</a> to Manchester has an issue and is diverting - reason unknown <a href="http://t.co/uoe9Z14y55">pic.twitter.com/uoe9Z14y55</a> - <a href="https://twitter.com/NikPhillips666">@NikPhillips666</a>—@airlivenet