Spirit passengers wait two hours on plane

April 10, 2007 at 2:11 PM
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DETROIT, April 10 (UPI) -- Passengers arriving from Mexico sat on a plane at Detroit's airport for two hours as crews dealt with a runway fatality and a U.S. customs computer problem.

The Detroit News reported that an 18-year-old man died at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport when he was struck by a vehicle used to move planes after they land. The accident forced the Spirit Airlines plane, which had arrived from Cancun, Mexico, to go a different terminal.

Customs officials had to process passengers without computers because of a computer malfunction, U.S. Customs spokesman Ron Smith said.

"We did it the old-fashioned way," Smith told the News.

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