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    Air France Makes 26 People ‘Voluntarily’ Deboard Flight From New Delhi to Paris (Video)

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    New Delhi (Sputnik): In an unusual development, at least 26 passengers of a Paris-bound Air France flight were deboarded at a Delhi airport on Wednesday after crew members claimed that the flight would not be able to take off without the deboarding.

    An official said that flight AF-225 was scheduled to take off at 1:10 a.m. local time on Wednesday, but a technical glitch caused it to remain at Terminal 3 of the airport for hours.

    A video shows the crew and the pilot urging the passengers to offload their checked-in luggage, as the plane could not otherwise take off.

    ​Nevertheless, the crew members were unable to tell passengers what the glitch was.

    The flight finally took off at 3:46 a.m. local time after being delayed for more than two and a half hours.

    Air France in New Delhi has not issued any official statement about the technical glitch.

    Earlier this week, Air France decided to increase its passenger-carrying capacity between India and Europe by more than 25 percent citing India as a "strategic market".

    "One of the major challenges in India is the route profitability. From a historical point of view, it has always been a bit of challenge. Our flights are doing well. But the economical performance is always a bit of a concern", Welmer Blom, senior vice-president (Middle East, Gulf and India), Air France KLM, told Indian news agency PTI.

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