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Aden - Yasmine El Tohamy - The incident caused a delay of three hours.
Five passengers aboard a London-Ireland flight were asked to leave the aircraft after it was deemed "too heavy" to fly in bad weather conditions.
The Loganair flight LM462, bound for Derry, Ireland, from London Southend Airport, on December 21 was grounded due to the weather. Hours after being on stuck on the runway, five passengers were asked to leave for the aircraft citing it was "too heavy to takeoff".
According to The Independent journalist, Ben Kelly, who was on the plane, said three passengers agreed to go to another London airport, while the other two were picked up as they were last to check-in.
Kelly tweeted: 'The alternative for the people who get off the flight is having to leave this airport to go to another London airport to be flown to Belfast, which is 1.5-2 hours away from Derry'.
The incident caused a delay of three hours. Loganair chief executive, Jonathan Hinkles, said, "When the weather cleared at Derry, a combination of low pressure and rainfall left the runway surface at Southend in a condition which imposed limitations on the aircraft performance. The aircraft was consequently over its maximum available take-off weight for the conditions'.
Hinkles added, "Five customers volunteered to travel via another routing to Derry. The full costs of this will be covered by Loganair and the customers have each been offered ?250 in compensation'.
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