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18:50 Scheduled take-off time.  

 

18:57 Still boarding....

18:58 Engines started 

~ read easyJet's fascinating Onboard Food and Shopping - Bistro and Boutique

 ~ £3.20 for maltesers!!??...

19:02 Ground crews spot a leakage from the left engine. Delays imminent...

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19:10 Confirmed ok and safe to fly. Pushed off from stand and everything seems fine...

 

Everyone relaxes, content in the idea of a comfortable flight from here.

In fact An overwhelming feeling of relief filled the plane.

 

Unfortunately, 30 seconds later so did the smell of burning...

 

19:11 And engines off again.

Just need to run some basic checks. Simple you say!... EasyJet have other ideas...

         1. Cabin crew check the aircraft and give diagnostics. 

         2. Ground crew check the aircraft and give diagnostics.

         3. Fire crews check the aircraft. 

 

Final decision: quickly pull the plane the 25ft back onto the stand for more in depth tests..

         4. And amazingly the team that pushed the aircraft off the stand are not qualified to pull it back on.  

~ oh and btw,  £5.60 for a g&t!...

 

19:38 back along side the stand... "Cabin crews, please disarm doors for arrival."  great...

19:42 fire engines 

19:50  fire engines leave

~ refused a g&t until we are airborne.  

~ read EasyJet's 'Traveller' magazine.  

19:58 More checks

~ Still no g&t... 

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20:04 Engineers confirm everything is ok and safe... 

20:06 Let's change to another aircraft anyway... 

~ g&t seems to be getting further away.  

 

Latest update.... 

21:12 Still sat in the departures lounge waiting to re-board a new plane.   

Thanks EasyJet.  

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