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300 plane passengers land back at place to begin after seven-hour nightmare journey in Japan

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300 plane passengers find yourself landing right where they began after seven-hour nightmare journey in Japan

  • Flight JL331 was because of fly two hours from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport to Fukuoka
  • However the Japan Airlines flight was refused landing and was diverted to Kansai

Around 300 plane passengers ended up landing right back where they began after a nightmare seven-hour journey in Japan.  

Japan Airlines’ flight JL331 was because of depart on a two-hour domestic flight from the Haneda Airport in Tokyo to Fukuoka. 

But after setting off, the plane was forced to return to Tokyo after a seven-hour round trip saw them almost reach their final destination – only to be told to show back.

Flight JL331 was because of take off from Haneda at 6.30pm on Sunday, with a scheduled landing of 8.30pm in Fukuoka. 

A final-minute plane switch meant that take-off was delayed for 90 minutes, reported NDTV

Around 300 plane passengers ended up landing right back where they began after a nightmare seven-hour journey in Japan

But after setting off, the plane was forced to return to Tokyo after a seven-hour round trip (file image)

But after setting off, the plane was forced to return to Tokyo after a seven-hour round trip (file image)

Fukuoka has a 10pm cut off point for business planes landing – and, once it was finally within the air, the flight was predicted to land with 4 minutes to spare. 

But other delays and high winds meant that JL331 was denied permission for landing as officials didn’t view the explanation for the delay – the plane switch – as ‘unavoidable’.

There was no selection but to return to Tokyo. 

However the plane was redirected once more to Kansai International Airport near Osaka, where it landed at 11.59pm. 

At Kansai too, there have been problems. An absence of staff and available transport saw one other flight scrambled together for the exhausted passengers.  

The Japan Airlines flight took off in Tokyo (file image), only to land back there seven hours later The two-hour domestic flight was refused landing at Fukuoka (file image)

Japan Airlines’ flight JL331 was because of depart on a two-hour domestic flight from the Haneda Airport in Tokyo (left) to Fukuoka (right)

The plane then took off over again at 1.56am from Kansai, landing back in Japan’s capital at 2.44am on Monday morning after a seven-hour nightmare journey. 

Japan Airlines has previously made headlines over their dietary options onboard their flights. 

Kris Chari, a vegan, was baffled after they were served a single banana for breakfast. For lunch, they got ‘barely seasoned spaghetti’. 

Japan Airlines told MailOnline in an announcement: ‘We apologize for the inconvenience and burden attributable to not having the ability to take passengers to Fukuoka as scheduled and the long flight time.’ 

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