Air France Goes Dutch
August 17, 2012
An Air France jetliner on the way to Beirut had to stop for fuel in Damascus, where, as the pilot’s credit card was no good, he had to ask the passengers to chip in a few bucks for fuel. Fortunately for the passengers, a suitable payment method was found and the aircraft made its way safely to Cyprus.
The article states that there was fighting in Beirut, leading the pilot to decide to divert first to Amman, Jordon, but a lack of fuel forced an emergency stop in Damascus. I’m sure that the passengers were delighted to be safe from the gunplay in Beirut. After all, nothing like that is currently happening in the peaceful land that is Syria.