Ordeal ends for Spanish visitors

A 32-hour ordeal ended tonight for hundreds of passengers aboard a Spanish airline, which was forced to make an emergency landing here on Sunday.

The Iberian aircraft, IBE 673, was flying from Madrid to Caracas, when a male passenger reportedly suffered a heart attack.

With the aircraft also running low on oxygen supplies, the flight was diverted to Barbados around 11 a.m. where the remaining passengers were accommodated at a local hotel overnight.

Upset passengers of IBE 673 protest in the departure lounge at GAIA today.

However, security had to be stepped up in the departure lounge at Grantley Adams International Airport earlier Monday afternoon as some of the passengers seemingly ran out of patience.

GAIA workers told Barbados TODAY that some of the visitors were behaving in a very aggressive manner and loudly demanding information about their flight. Some also demanded food, after waiting for several hours before their departure was confirmed.

A video taken of the noisy scene also showed airport officials seeking to re-assure some of the passengers.

The airline eventually left the island after seven o’clock Monday night after its supply of oxygen was met by one international carrier. 

10 Responses to Ordeal ends for Spanish visitors

  1. jrsmith May 16, 2017 at 4:53 am

    Fancy choosing barbados …..they will never land here again……..

  2. Ricci Khan May 16, 2017 at 6:19 am

    I am anazed that how many BAJANS seem to offer comments without verifying any facts. Do you know JRSmith if they were any other airports within range of an aircraft which was low on fuel besides Barbados?

  3. Helicopter(8P) May 16, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Barbados has two International ports of entry. Air and marine traffic in distress, from any nation around the globe are allowed emergency porting when under distress conditions!

  4. Mackar May 16, 2017 at 10:33 am

    What happened to good old bajan hospatality. If these people where here for an extended time through no fault of their own we could have offered them some confort which include refreshments, then we should worry about the money part.

    I am a Bajan who visited spain on Iberia airline several times, On all occasions I was treated very well.

  5. jrsmith May 16, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    The aircraft wasn’t low on fuel and bajan hospitality seems not to be happening…………. The aircraft was low on oxygen , security had to be stepped up….and so on……………………………..

  6. JM May 16, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    @..Ricci Khan…the report stated the aircraft was running low on oxygen supplies …most likely for medical emergencies (heart attacks) as was reported. Fuel was not an issue. Iberia and other airlines overfly Barbados non-stop daily between countries in Europe/ South America. Detailed investigations however have to be carried out to determine why oxygen supplies were low and have them corrected before departure and mandatory crew rest could also have been a factor.
    @Mackar……..u are ‘funny’….almost as ‘ funny’as….jrsmith.

  7. AubreyRichards May 16, 2017 at 2:26 pm


  8. shelly May 16, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    to all concerned nothing that happened had anything to do with the airport or Barbados the passenger was ill the airline had to use all the oxygen on the passenger so of course it had to be replaced and the passengers stayed at a nice hotel and of course they were here for hours and wanted to get home hence the impatience so pls stop the blaming we are a good nation quoted one passenger

  9. Nikki May 16, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Poor things having to stay in barbados for a night! (I could think or worse places!). They have been given a hotel for the night, will still go to their destination and probably claim travel compensation when they get home. People complain too much! I hope the guy that suffered a heart attack was ok.

  10. Marie Clarke May 16, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    It is also the airline that needs to ensure that their passengers are taken care of. They need to ensure that the passengers are fed and accommodation organised as was needed in this case.


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