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The passengers spent 11 hours in the air, only to end up where they started.
A flight from Amsterdam to Mexico was forced to turn around about five-and-a-half hours into the flight, as a result of a volcanic eruption. The aircraft was reportedly not in a position to land at a different airport because it was carrying a cargo of horses.
KLM royal Dutch airlines flight KL685 from Amsterdam Schiphol airport to the City of Mexico, was in Canada when the decision was made to turn around, The Independent reports. The plane returned to the airport it came from, so this is a very, very long flight, which ultimately went nowhere.
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The aircraft was not in a position to take the land at its original destination, because of the volcanic activity of Popocatepetl, an active volcano near the City of Mexico. The eruption had created “adverse flying conditions.”
Normally, the carrier would look at the floor of the aircraft to an alternative airport, but he was not in a position to do this is to do with the flight KL685 because it was carrying a cargo of horses.
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In a statement obtained by The Independent, a spokesperson for KLM said: “as a Result of the eruption of a volcano in Mexico, and the flight KL685 Amsterdam to Mexico and back to Schiphol airport, amsterdam, on Thursday the 28th of November.”
The statement also confirmed that the horses may have contributed to the flight’s problems.
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“The flight landed safely at the amsterdam Schiphol airport at 2:30 p.m.,” the follow-up’, where the passengers disembarked as normal and will be taken care of in Amsterdam, the netherlands. They have to be rebooked on a different flight. It’s at a different airport, it was not possible, due to the visa requirements of its passengers and a large cargo of horses on board.”