Blizzard 2015: Passengers Stranded at the Airport Due to Northeast Storm

Medical emergency, technical issue and weather contributed to situation.

ByABC News
January 27, 2015, 9:12 AM

— -- A group of plane passengers were stranded at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport overnight, with the Northeast storm contributing to their canceled flight, Virgin Atlantic said in a statement.

Flight 004 was scheduled to depart at 6:30 p.m. Monday, but was forced to return to the terminal because of a passenger’s medical emergency, the airline said. The plane was de-iced, but a technical issue emerged.

After the issued was fixed, the airline said, the bad weather -- as well as the cabin crew running out of hours -- kept the aircraft from taking off. When a road travel ban went into effect at 11 p.m., the passengers were unable to leave the airport, forced to spend the night.

The plane is now scheduled to take off at 6:30 p.m. today.