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The 264 passengers and 18 crew members aboard a flight from Paris to Shanghai were forced off their plane in Russia’s Siberia region for a three-day layover due to mechanical problems on the plane, The Associated Press reported.

The layover began when Air France Flight AF116, which had taken off from Paris on Saturday, had to make an emergency landing in the city of Irkutsk on Sunday after smoke was detected on board, according to Air France’s statement on the event.

Passengers and crew were taken to hotels and given accommodation, however, they were not allowed to leave, due to not having Russian visas.

Many in the group were also not dressed for the harsh weather, which the AP reported was 5 degrees Farenheight.

Air France did find the travelers a replacement plane on Tuesday. However, it, too, was grounded due to problems with the hydraulic system.

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The second replacement plane reached the stranded passengers in Irkutsk on Wednesday and was able to transport the almost 300 passengers and crew to Shanghai.

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“The aircraft left Irkutsk at 02:08 (Paris time) and landed in Shanghai at 05:45 (Paris time),” Air France stated.

Some of the frustrated passengers posted about their plight on social media.

“I am a ‘survivor of Flight AF0116, stuck in Irkutsk,” one passenger wrote, according to a Twitter translation. “We are dirty, we smell, it is now over 30 hours that we are under house arrest, without a suitcase or passport.”

Those comments were made only about halfway through their unexpected detour, but multiple journalists reached out to Joulie via Twitter, hoping for an interview.

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Air France also reached out, saying that the airline was “sincerely sorry for this situation,” and offered to communicate with her through direct messaging if she wasn’t being kept up to date with the communication to the passengers.

“Hello, we are sincerely sorry for this situation,” the airline wrote, according to a Twitter translation. “Did you receive by (email) the communication we sent to all passengers of flight AF116 of 10/11? If necessary, do not hesitate to come back to us by DM. We remain here at your disposal.”

According to The New York Times, the passengers on the stranded flight included employees of Louis Vuitton, the luxury goods brand, including several social media managers. Some of them found the humor in their unexpected time in Siberia.

One passenger posted a picture of two coins with “heads or tails. Will we get to Shanghai?”

As for the airline, the company assured the public in a statement that, “the company’s commercial department has contacted the customers concerned to propose suitable commercial measures.”

“Air France regrets this exceptional situation and wishes to apologize to customers for the inconvenience and significant delay experienced. The safety of its customers and crews is Air France’s absolute priority.”

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Savannah Pointer is a constitutional originalist whose main goal is to keep the wool from being pulled over your eyes. She believes that the liberal agenda will always depend on Americans being uneducated and easy to manipulate. Her mission is to present the news in a straightforward yet engaging manner.
Savannah Pointer is a constitutional originalist whose professional career has been focused on bringing accuracy and integrity to her readers. She believes that the liberal agenda functions best in a shroud of half truths and misdirection, and depends on the American people being uneducated.

Savannah believes that it is the job of journalists to make sure the facts are the focus of every news story, and that answering the questions readers have, before they have them, is what will educate those whose voting decisions shape the future of this country.

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