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Stinky durian fruit grounds Indonesian passenger plane

07 November 2018

The flight - which was bound for Jakarta, Java from Bengkulu, Sumatra - was eventually grounded after crew gave in to passengers' complaints.

The odour of a cargo of stinky fruit caused passengers of an Indonesian flight to demand crew remove it before departure.

Passengers demanded that the fruit be removed, with some nearly coming to blows with crew members.

The durian fruit was then unloaded off the aircraft.

A representative for Sriwijaya Air has since claimed the smell of the durian was intensified because of the heat, despite wrapping the fruit and "putting in pandan leaves and coffee powder" to absorb the odor.

That plane had been found carrying 2.7 tonnes of durian but the National Transportation committee classified the accident as a wrong take-off and loss of control, in its final report to the Aviation Safety Network.

A passenger onboard the plane detailed the incident, which took place on Monday, in a Facebook post. "I complained to the stewardess but they told me to just fill up a complaint form", said Amir Zidane.

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The flight attendants assured him the smell would dissipate once the plane was airborne.

It was at that point that Zidane turned to his fellow passengers and asked who wanted to fly with such a smell.They all shouted back: "Not us!".

Singapore has banned the fruit in its subway and many hotels bar durians because of the notorious smell - which some critics have likened to rotten food or dirty socks.

The flight, which was scheduled to take off at 10.40am was subsequently delayed by an hour while the fruit was removed.

The airline said the fruit would not endanger the flight and the smell would go once the plane was in the air. "Many airlines do this", Sriwijaya Air senior corporate communications manager Retri Maya said in a statement to the Post on Tuesday.

"It's not illegal to carry durian in a flight as long as it is wrapped properly in accordance with flight regulations - carried inside the hold", their spokesperson said.

The head of Bengkulu airport, Anies Wardhana told local news outlet Detik the airport would "evaluate" future packing situations so that they would "not cause passenger discomfort".

Stinky durian fruit grounds Indonesian passenger plane