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Scared American Airline passengers abandon flight in Jamaica

At least 12 American Airlines passengers who were scheduled to depart the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston to Miami, this evening refused to board the aircraft which had mechanical and electrical problems earlier today.

Flight AA2038 was scheduled to depart at 8:45 yesterday, but never left until 7:53 p.m.

"They first told us that plane was defective and they had to get some parts from Miami, and the aircraft would leave at 10:00 a.m, then they said 2:00 p.m, which moved to 4:00 p.m and the time went on and on," says Margaret Wadsworth, a passenger who spent 13 hours waiting at the airport.

According to Wadsworth, when she and the other passengers eventually boarded the aircraft at 5:30 p.m, inside the plane was extremely hot.

"Some of us started to panic, and within minutes we were told there was an electrical problem," she said.

The airline was forced to disembark all the passengers, where further checks were made, after which the aircraft departed, but not before the 12 passengers and their bags were delisted.

An American Airlines official said once the passengers requested to be taken off, the airline was obliged to adhere to their request.

She also said there was no other flight that could accommodate the passengers all day today.

"There was nothing we could do but to have them wait until the problem was fixed."

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Comment by O.N.E. on April 29, 2012 at 3:10pm

Comment by Corae Dread on April 26, 2012 at 10:18am

AA fleet is one of the oldest around and is in the process of getting new ones. American Airlines is taking significant steps to transform and enhance our fleet so that it in five years, we will have U.S. airline industry's youngest and most fuel-efficient fleet. Our investment in our fleet is the latest in a series of strategic investments we feel are necessary to enhance the overall customer experience, as well as maintain and grow market share Even before our landmark July 2011 fleet announcement, we had been taking delivery of 130 Boeing 737s that started arriving in 2009 and will continue into 2013. These aircraft enhance the customer experience and are much more fuel-efficient than the MD-80s, lowering our operating costs and helping us to keep airfares as low as possible for customers.

Comment by Mervin E Yearwood on April 26, 2012 at 7:42am

It's better to find out about mechanical failure on the ground than while airborne!

Comment by GIFFORD LAWSON on April 26, 2012 at 3:16am

if i can help it not flying american airlines  i had the same problem from jfk a few years ago to ja took me 18hours to get  home same crap about machanical problem got dump im miami for 7 hours' havnt been on an aaline since thenand have no intention to do so

Comment by Mervin E Yearwood on April 25, 2012 at 7:42pm


Comment by Howard Musson on April 25, 2012 at 2:33pm

Calling all Jet Blue passengers. Your flight is about to depart on time.

Comment by Locksley Johhnson on April 25, 2012 at 1:28pm
Next they should fly JetBlue
Comment by Garina Fearon on April 25, 2012 at 1:20pm

i would get off to ,cant take no chance these day 

Comment by Renee on April 25, 2012 at 12:55pm

Ah bway...I am supposed to them them to MIA in approx 2 weeks my damn self! 

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