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The flight was delayed due to some “technical problem” with the aircraft, reports Russia’s TASS agency. (See story here.)
The plane in question is a wide-bodied double-decker Boeing 747 (EI-XLJ) with a passenger capacity of approximately 520 passengers. The jumbo jet is now expected to leave Phuket at 12:40pm today.
Some of the passengers – with priority given to women and children – have already been carried to Moscow by a partner airline of Rossiya, which itself is a wholly owned subsidiary of Aeroflot, while others remained in Phuket.
However, it has not been revealed how many people are still waiting for transportation back to their home country.
“A reserve aircraft will be used to carry the remaining passengers. Right now it’s being prepared to take off,” a Rossiya spokesperson told TASS.
No formal releases recognising the incident could be found on the carrier’s website.
“According to Russian federal aviation rules and our internal company policies, all passengers were warned in advance about the situation and transferred to a hotel where they are provided with drinks and food,” the airline representative added.