Friday, August 17, 2012
Diverted Air France flight asks passengers to pitch in for gas
The plane, heading from Paris to Lebanon’s capital, diverted amid clashes near the Beirut airport on Wednesday.
Low on fuel, it instead landed in Damascus, the capital of neighboring Syria, where a civil war is raging.
An Air France spokesman explained Friday that the crew inquired about passenger cash only as a “precautionary measure” because of the “very unusual circumstances.”
Sanctions against Syria complicated payment for extra fuel. More
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