A diverted Delta Air Lines flight has landed safely at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Delta told CBS Atlanta that Flight 81 was diverted due to mechanical issues.
Flight 81 departed Brussels, Belgium, at 1:56 p.m. Central European Summer Time on Monday. It was forced to land at the Stephenville Newfoundland Airport in Canada.
However, the diverted passengers had to wait in Newfoundland for a replacement flight out of John F. Kennedy International Airport. They departed at 12:26 a.m. Newfoundland Daylight Time.
The passengers arrived in Atlanta at 2:41 a.m. Tuesday. The 199 passengers were able to disembark shortly thereafter.
Passenger Karen Young said during the flight the TVs and lights went out on the plane. A short while later, passengers were informed by the crew the plane had suffered a generator failure and need to make an emergency landing. She described the atmosphere on the plane as "cool, calm and collected."
Once the plane landed in Newfoundland, Young said they sat on the runway for three and a half hours before deplaning due to a customs issue.
After deplaning, they waited another six hours for another plane to arrive from JFK.
Young said Delta was very accommodating and all passengers were given food and hotel vouchers.
No injuries were reported.
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