Passengers Grounded for Hours On Flight From Fort Lauderdale

The plane took off from Fort Lauderdale

By LeAnne Gendreau
|  Saturday, Oct 29, 2011  |  Updated 11:11 PM EDT
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A passenger on JetBlue Flight 504, which left from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport talks about the plane being diverted to Hartford, Conn. The passengers said they were grounded for seven hours.

A passenger on JetBlue Flight 504, which left from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport talks about the plane being diverted to Hartford, Conn. The passengers said they were grounded for seven hours.

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Passengers aboard a JetBlue flight, which left Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Saturday, said they were grounded for seven hours at a Connecticut airport with no bathrooms or water.

Flight 504 left Fort Lauderdale just after 10 a.m., headed for Newark, but it was was diverted to Bradley Airport, where it had been since 1:30 p.m.

A paraplegic on the flight had a medical issue, and about seven hours after the plane landed, firefighters took the people off the plane on a ladder, one passenger said.

It wasn't immediately clear why passengers were made to stay on the planes for hours before being let off, but outside, a historic October storm swept through Connecticut, which had left one person dead and hundreds of thousands without power.

"JetBlue is doing everything possible to ensure our customers affected by today's unusual combination of weather and infrastructure issues are being well cared for. We apologize for the experience," Victoria Lucia, Jet Blue's spokeswoman, said in an email statement.

“Still on the plane. We haven't moved. Now EWR closed. Getting ugly in here. People yelling wanting to get off,” Andrew Carter said via Twitter just before 6 p.m.

JetBlue Flight 1013 from Boston to New York has also been grounded for hours and they ran out of water, @HedgeyeENERGY tweets. A vehicle will be towing them to one of the gates.

The JetBlue flights were two of 23 airplanes diverted to Bradley Airport Saturday, according to Gov. Dannel Malloy.  The state was trying to move 1,000 cots to the airport late Saturday to help make stranded passengers comfortable, Malloy said. 

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