At Malta International Airport, passengers have fallen ill after problems with the air conditioning system on board an Air Malta Airbus A320neo.
Many countries in southern Europe, including Malta, have been devastated for a week by a major heat wave. Temperatures of up to 40 degrees have been measured on the Maltese islands in recent days. The heat caused a unpleasant situation of Air Malta passengers. After boarding an Airbus A320neo from the airline, it turned out that there were problems with the plane’s air conditioning. As a result, the temperature in the cabin rose sharply.
The heat has become too strong for three occupants. They got heatstroke and passed out. Air Malta said in a statement that “a combination of extreme temperatures, compounded by a fault in the air conditioning system”, was the cause. The cabin crew immediately attended to the three victims. Emergency services took over shortly after. The flight, KM614 to Rome, was significantly delayed due to the defect and the incident and departed nearly six hours later than scheduled.
Three days before this incident, the same thing happened in the cabin of a Delta Airlines Boeing 757. The plane was scheduled to take off from Las Vegas for Atlanta on Monday afternoon. When preparing the machine for departure, the air conditioning did not work properly. The plane was grounded for about three hours in the scorching Las Vegas sun. As a result, several passengers began to feel unwell. Some lost consciousness and vomited.
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