Passengers on an Air France flight traveling from Paris to Shanghai were left stranded in freezing Siberia for three days this week after their plane was forced to make an emergency landing and their replacement plane suffered a technical issue.
The flight, carrying 282 passengers, landed in the Siberian city of Irkutsk on Sunday after smoke and an “acrid” smell filled the cabin, AFP reported.
“The crew of AF116 on a Boeing 777 from Paris to Shanghai decided to divert to Irkutsk in Russia after an acrid smell and light smoke appeared on board,” the airline told AFP. No one was injured.
The passengers were brought to a hotel, but technical difficulties prevented their replacement plane from taking off on Monday, The Moscow Times reported. Both planes are Boeing 777s.
The passengers didn’t have the right clothes for the Siberian cold and were under constant watch by the police as they didn’t have Russian visas, according to the newspaper.
Irkutsk is in southeastern Siberia, a region known for its cold weather. The temperature this week in Irkutsk has been about 9 degrees Fahrenheit, or minus 12 Celsius.
A third Air France plane managed to pick up the passengers Wednesday morning, the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti reported.