‘Passengers on a United Airlines Boeing 747 endured a horrendous 27-hour journey from San Francisco to Sydney yesterday, when their flight was left stranded on the tarmac at Brisbane Airport – without a crew.
Fog in Sydney forced the diversion of two United flights to Brisbane early yesterday. But passengers on both aircraft were left to fend for themselves when their United crews clocked off, having exceeded their legal flying hours.
Nor were the passengers allowed to leave the aircraft, because customs at Brisbane was unable to clear them. “Due to [Department of Transport] regulations, passengers were kept on board for safety and security reasons,” an airline spokeswoman said in an email to the Herald.’