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Crew asks passengers for cash to refuel after stop in Syria

21-08-2012

The pilots of an Air France flight bound for Beirut, Lebanon that diverted to Damascus, Syria took an unconventional approach when it came to paying for fuel after the landing. The flight diverted due to protests in Beirut, but didn’t have enough fuel to make it to Amman, Jordan. Instead, the plane landed in Syria, with which France severed its diplomatic ties earlier this year over the Syrian government’s handing of a civil war there. After the plane landed, airport authorities refused to take a credit card to pay for refueling the plane and demanded cash. That prompted the crew to ask passengers to contribute to paying the fuel bill. In the end, the cash wasn’t needed; neither the airline nor the airport would say how they settled the tab. Air France also declined to say what the total fuel bill was, or how much cash the passengers had been willing to contribute.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/16/uk-syria-crisis-airfrance-idUSLNE87F01M20120816

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