After spending a luxurious week in an all-inclusive hotel in Bulgaria, the British couple, Steve Fludder and Emma Bradley (both 39) wanted to return to their home in Liverpool, United Kingdom. However, after their Wizz Air flight started to take off from the runway of a Bucharest Airport, it hit something. Minor damage was reported, and their hellish experience began.
According to stokesentinel.co.uk, Steve and his girlfriend, Emma, started their vacation at the Liverpool Airport more than one week ago. They booked a budget-friendly package holiday via Love Holidays, spending a week in an all-inclusive hotel near Varna, Bulgaria. Everything went perfectly until their homeward journey.
They wanted to get home on Tuesday, bought their ticket and occupied their seats on the Hungarian Wizz Air’s flight from Bucharest to Liverpool. However, shortly after the plane began to ascend, it hit a flock of birds.
The scheduled take-off of the plane was 6.15 AM. After the emergency landing, the Hungary-based airline updated the departure to 10.30 AM. However, at 10.25 AM, they asked all passengers to leave the aircraft. They added that their new flight to Liverpool would leave only on 8 October, so they have to wait for more than one week.
Afterwards, two hours passed until Emma, Steve and two other couples were taken to a hotel four hours away from the Bucharest International Airport. After they arrived, the nightmare continued since the hotel manager said they did not have any spare rooms for them.
They had to wait until 10.30 PM to get an out-of-service room. “It wasn’t used, it wasn’t a nice room,” Steve said. A spokesperson for Love Holidays said: “We are sorry to hear of Mr Fludder’s experience after Wizz Air cancelled his flight at short notice. We are in regular contact with Mr Fludder and are on hand to speak further to his airline, as required, to ensure his situation is resolved as quickly as possible.”
The incident, inaccurately published by originally LancsLive and stokesentinel.co.uk, was in fact a rejected take-off on 27 September 2022 due to a bird strike. Minor damage was reported and the aircraft was immediately returned to service following maintenance. There was no fire and no flames. Consequently, the false article greatly damages the reputation of Wizz Air, the Hungarian airline wrote us in an e-mail.