Apparently more that 100 pax, all with Slovakians passports, were forced to disembark from the Condor jet in Salvatore de Bahia, see http://www.tasr.sk/30.axd?k=20071209TBB00371
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The convoluted incident revolves around a bad smell coming from the plane's engines that resulted in the flight initially being aborted and then, the next day, repeated problems that led to the breakdown in communications between the pilot and the Slovak passengers, according to Slovak Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Jan Skoda, who spoke to SLOVAKIA on Sunday.
He adds that, as well as an absence of complaints from the Slovaks there have been no reports of further conflict from Brazilian authorities either.
Following the two-day incident, the Slovak Embassy inquired directly with the airport in Salvator de Bahia, but the staff didn't have any records about the incident. Therefore, the Embassy will speak with other staff once again on Monday, said Skoda.
Originally the flight was to go from Salvator de Bahia to Frankfurt on December 5 in a Boeing owned by Condor Air (Germany). After they had boarded the plane however, several members of the Slovak group smelled something foul in the air.
Following an hour of flight the captain of the plane announced to the passengers that the plane has to make an emergency landing because of a suspiciously bad smell spreading in the air-conditioning. This was followed by a flight back to Salvator de Bahia, where Condor secured accommodation in a hotel for the passengers.
Pavol Kollar, who was on board the plane, told SLOVAKIA on Sunday that on Thursday a nearly 150-strong group of Slovaks were forced to deplane when the captain decided to get them off because he had a feeling that the Slovaks didn't trust the crew's abilities.
The captain told the passengers that they hadn't found the reasons for the suspicious smell on board, but that tests of the engine and hydraulic system confirmed that the airplane was in good condition. At the same time, the pilot announced a route change, and the plane was to fly via the eastern Brazilian airport in Belem and cross the Atlantic Ocean to Senegal in order to spend the shortest possible time over the ocean â€“ in case it has to make an emergency landing.
Have any of you a.netters in Brazail picked up more about this story? I have tried to find more but both news.yahoo.com and news.google.com did not show anything.