Surreal flights: Rome-bound plane flies for 2 hours but never leaves London, citing fuel issue

Passengers on a Veuling flight to Rome on Sunday did not travel to another dimension, exactly, but low-flying around the wonderlands of England’s south coast – before the plane returned at the limits of Gatwick airport, where the flight began. The surreal journey was not one of the passengers’ imaginations, but rather the result of the plane having too much fuel, according to Yahoo! – yet another setback in the airline industry’s already chaotic summer.

From Yahoo! :

The plane flew over the south coast of England for an hour and 51 minutes, according to Flightradar24. As the plane circled, its altitude varied from 5,900 to 8,000 feet, according to data from Flightradar24.

After almost two hours, the plane landed at Gatwick Airport around 11:30 p.m., according to Flightradar24.

Some apparent passengers tweeted about the incident.

“After 5 minutes after takeoff, the pilot discovered that there was too much fuel in the plane”, Francesco Ricci tweeted. “Now they are back at Gatwick and removing the unnecessary fuel.” …

Jet fuel issues add to the list of problems passengers face during a chaotic travel season. A Delta Air Lines plane had to turn back over the Atlantic Ocean last week due to a fuel imbalance, the airline confirmed to Initiated. A passenger on the flight said Initiated he was terrified and thought he was going to die.

In addition, the crew of a Qantas Airways plane recently had to declare an emergency to get a priority landing because the plane only had 40 minutes of fuel left.

The next stop is anyone’s guess.