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Travel Delta Flight Grounded on Tarmac for Hours Due to Weather, Fuel Staffing Issue

22:50  13 october  2019
22:50  13 october  2019 Source:   travelpulse.com

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PHOTO: Delta blamed the delay on weather and a staffing issue with its fueling contracting company. (photo via rypson/iStock Editorial/Getty A New York City-bound Delta Air Lines flight was left stuck on the tarmac in Memphis for nearly two hours this week due to a combination of severe weather

A Delta flight leaving Memphis for New York was grounded for almost two hours because of weather and a fueling feud. The airline said it was related to a staffing issue with its fueling contractor company. FOX13 spoke with one of the 76 passengers on the flight , Kelsey Beagle, who said, “it’s

A New York City-bound Delta Air Lines flight was left stuck on the tarmac in Memphis for nearly two hours this week due to a combination of severe weather and an alleged dispute with the airline's fueling contracting company, according to FOX13.

a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway: A Delta Air Lines aircraft sits parked at Orlando International Airport© rypson/iStock Editorial/Getty Images Plus A Delta Air Lines aircraft sits parked at Orlando International Airport

"It's just been crazy, sitting here for two hours waiting to get fuel when there were obviously trucks that could have brought us fuel," passenger Kelsey Beagle told the news station.

"You know, I understand if you have an issue that you obviously want to be seen and heard, but the pilot has no control over that, the passengers don’t have control over that, we don’t even know what the issue is so it just seems silly that they’re possibly doing this on purpose when it won’t do anything but make people upset," she added.

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The news of staffing issues comes two days after leaders of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, the union which represents the Delta Air Lines said about 200 flights at LaGuardia and other airports in the Northeast were delayed Friday morning due to the FAA's ground delay program.

Beagle said that the flight crew informed passengers that the delay was the result of a dispute within the fueling company but the airline called it a "staffing issue."

A Delta spokesperson apologized to customers for the delay in a statement to FOX13, confirming that "weather impacting the northeast and a staffing issue with the fuel contracting company" was to blame.

The carrier said no other flights out of Memphis were impacted.

Earlier this year, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) fined Delta $750,000 for violating federal rules prohibiting lengthy tarmac delays.

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