Passengers stuck on plane at Denver International Airport for 3 hours

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Video: Passengers stuck on DIA tarmac for 3 hours

Video: Passengers stuck on plane at DIA for 3 hours

  • (Photo Credit: Sarah Bogue)
  • (Photo Credit: Sarah Bogue)

KUSA - It was a nightmare of a flight situation for some international passengers at Denver International Airport.

A Lufthansa flight leaving Denver for Frankfurt held passengers on board for three hours without air conditioning.

Mechanics worked to fix the AC as temperatures and tempers rose on board.

Paramedics were called about 90 minutes into the delay. No one required medical treatment.

Passengers reported packing together into the coolest section of the hot plane.

9NEWS Anchor Kyle Clark spoke by phone with Sarah Bogue from Longmont who was on board with her toddler.

"They said there were some technical and mechanical malfunctions," Bogue said. "They ran out of water. I can't even tell you how hot it is in here. They should at least let us off the plane to wait."

Lufthansa did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

The Department of Transportation prohibits domestic carriers from keeping passengers on the tarmac for more than three hours without deplaning. Carriers flying internationally are required to set their own standard. Lufthansa's website says it will not keep passengers on the tarmac for more than four hours.

Around 8:30 Sunday night passengers were allowed off the plane. They re-boarded an hour later and the flight finally departed Denver just after 10 p.m. Sunday night. The flight to Frankfurt was expected to take approximately nine hours.

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