Published: December 16, 2011
London (ZimEye) There is a dead body among passengers who have been waiting hopelessly at London’s Gatwick airport, ZimEye has been told.
While it was not clear the status of the diseased’s body, it was revealed it is that of the husband of one of the travelers as it became clear there was still no luck for Air Zimbabwe passengers on Thursday night after the national airline’s payment for a debt to an American creditor did not reflect in the latter’s bank account.
As at 1800Hours passengers were in confusion as to what would transpire the following morning when they are supposed to be checking out and the hotel management are to force them out of the temporary accomodation.
Radio presenter Ezra Tshisa Sibanda told ZimEye:
“There are people who lost their relatives. Someone has got a body – A woman who’s flying her husband’s body is still here, its stuck [with us]. It’s sad really,” Tshisa said.
He also said that the airline’s US creditor will not release the aircraft since payment is not reflecting.
“There’s no luck. We saw an email from the American company which says
the moneys are not reflecting in their account,” Tshisa said.
The American General Suppliers company secured a court injunction that has given them the power to impound the airlines aircraft for over US$ 1, 2 million debts.
Although the ministry of transport has arranged payment, the aircraft will not be released until the alleged payment has cleared in the bank account. Meanwhile passengers will have to wait until that is possible (ZimEye, UK)