ExpressJet passengers trapped on plane for 9 hours

08/10/2009 | Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model)

ExpressJet Airlines was operating the Continental Airlines flight from Houston to Minneapolis/St. Paul on Friday evening that was redirected to Rochester, Minn., because of thunderstorms. The airline said regulations prevented it from allowing the passengers to get off the plane, so the nearly 50 passengers were forced to spend nine hours onboard.

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