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JetBlue Says ‘Confluence of Events’ Led to Plane Left on Tarmac

October 31, 2011

Oct. 30 (Bloomberg) -- JetBlue Airways Corp. said today that a “confluence of events” led to passengers being stuck on the tarmac at Bradley International Airport during a snowstorm that swept across the U.S. Northeast.

Passengers on the plane that took off from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at about 9 a.m. yesterday were stuck on the tarmac in Connecticut for more than seven hours after the flight was diverted, the Associated Press reported. One passenger said the last hours were spent without food or water and the restrooms were unusable. The wire service said the plane was bound for Newark, New Jersey.

JetBlue, in a statement today, said it was uncertain how long any of its planes remained on the tarmac. The airline said that six of its flights were diverted to the Hartford area due to “infrastructure issues” at airports in the New York area.

“We have seen media reports of a lack of provisions onboard and our internal information does not correlate with those reports,” the statement said.

New York-based JetBlue said the airport “experienced intermittent power outages,” which made refueling and deplaning difficult.

John Wallace, a spokesman for Bradley International Airport, didn’t respond to a request for comment by telephone and e-mail.

More than 3.8 million homes and businesses from West Virginia to Maine were without power this weekend after the region’s biggest October storm in decades blanketed some towns with 31 inches of snow.

In Connecticut, 800,935 customers were without service this afternoon, surpassing the outages caused by Hurricane Irene in August. Hartford set an October snow record with 12.3 inches (31 centimeters).

--Editors: Sylvia Wier, Pierre Paulden

To contact the reporter on this story: Rita Nazareth in New York at rnazareth@bloomberg.net To contact the editor responsible for this story: Nick Baker at nbaker7@bloomberg.net


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