PASSENGERS on a Garuda Indonesia flight bound for Bali were left stuck on the runway for more than an hour after their plane was towed back to the Perth airport terminal for “safety” reasons.
Flight 727 was due to fly out at 7.50am Thursday but as the plane approached the runway pilots “slammed on the brakes” the pilot told those on board that they had to return to the bay for “safety reasons”.
A passenger on the flight, who wished to remain anonymous, told PerthNow, people on board felt a little uneasy when they saw a number of fire trucks appear outside windows then the next minute the plane was towed back to the bay.
“Everyone has disembarked the plane,” the passenger said. “Cathay Pacific engineers are looking at the problem – it may take an hour to access. We all were given food vouchers for the delay.
“Pilots seemed professional to pick up on problem prior to take off. As we approached the runway they slammed on the brakes then made the call.”
A spokeswoman from Perth Airport confirmed the Garuda flight had been towed back into the bay.