Passengers Become Stuck In Tijuana After Mixed Messages From Airline
LOS ANGELES -- Passengers on a flight from Panama to Los Angeles finally arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday after what they call a 14-hour-long frustrating ordeal.
Copa Airlines Flight 302 took off behind schedule late Wednesday night from Panama City and then landed in Tijuana
Passengers said the crew told them the flight was low on fuel after flying around a hurricane.
Passengers said they were later told it was too late at night to fly to Los Angeles because customs would be closed by the time they landed.
After 14 hours stranded in Tijuana, some passengers left on their own. "We jumped on an airplane to LAX from San Diego and now trying to figure out how to get our luggage out of customs," said passenger Dennis Rourke.
May 31, 2007 (KABC-TV) - A refueling stop in Tijuana turned into a 14-hour ordeal for more than 150 passengers on a Copa Airlines flight.
The passengers say they were left stranded in the terminal with little food.
Copa Airlines says the flight was diverted because of weather conditions. As a result of the additional flight time, the plane consumed more fuel, which made it necessary to stop in Tijuana. Copa Airlines says the plane couldn't take off because customs at LAX closes at 2 a.m. The airline says its pilots had hit a limit on flying time and replacement pilots had to be sent to Tijuana by car from Los Angeles.