Passengers stranded in Siberia for 3 days after Air France #AF116 diverted to Irkutsk and replacement Boeing 777-300 could not take off

Passengers of an Air France flight from Paris to Shanghai had to encounter the legendary Siberian cold when their plane made an emergency landing in Irkutsk on Sunday.

Having spent the night in Irkutsk, the stranded passengers were expecting to complete their journey the next day when a replacement plane arrived.

But the second Boeing 777-300 could not take off due to technical difficulties, much to the ire of the already boarded travellers.

Having no Russian visas, they are consistently accompanied by police and are not allowed to leave hotel premises.

A third Air France plane headed to Siberia and the passengers finally left Irkutsk on a third Air France plane on Wednesday morning, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported.

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