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Passengers Refuse to Board Air Europa Flight With 'Brake Issues'

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | July 28, 2015

Passengers Refuse to Board Air Europa Flight With 'Brake Issues'

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Sometimes honesty can backfire. It did in the popular Spanish resort island of Ibiza over the weekend.

More than four dozen passengers refused to board a Madrid-bound Air Europa flight out of Ibiza Sunday after the pilot allegedly informed passengers of an issue with the plane's brakes, the Daily Mail reported. 

Prior to the mechanical issues, the flight had already been delayed because of an airport workers' strike.

The Daily Mail reports that approximately 50 passengers refused to fly after the pilot allegedly told passengers "issues with the brake system" meant the flight could only make it to Palma on the Spanish island of Majorca. Passenger Miguel Angel Garcia Salas told the Daily Mail that the captain compared the issue to that involving a vehicle's anti-lock braking system.

Despite a significant number of passengers opting to stay behind, the Boeing 737 eventually took off from Ibiza and headed for Palma with the remaining passengers. 

Air Europa addressed the troubled flight in a statement issued to the Daily Mail: "On Sunday the 26th July, Flight UX6028 from Ibiza to Madrid changed its route in order to fly first to Palma de Mallorca and then change planes, in order to complete the journey to Madrid."

"This decision was taken by the pilots in accordance with standard aviation safety guidelines, and was due to a minor technical issue, coupled with a change in landing conditions in Madrid," the airline's U.K. office said in a statement. 

Fortunately, despite the delays and technical scare, the plane's braking system came through. 

"The aeroplane met all the safety requirements for this route, and landed without incident in Palma de Mallorca, before the journey was continued in another aeroplane to Madrid Barajas," Air Europa concluded in the statement to the Daily Mail. 

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