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An airliner which was forced to abort take-off twice after alarmed passengers spotted fuel spewing from a wing, is set to make a third attempt.

Britons have told of their frantic efforts to stop the Phuket Air flight taking off at Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.

The flight from Bangkok to Gatwick was forced to abort takeoff twice after refuelling, according to some passengers.

According to one witness, passengers screamed and refused to sit in their seats as they demanded the pilot abandon his attempt to get the plane in the air.

Three hours later, the pilot tried for a second take-off after the Boeing 747-300 was fixed, but passengers again spotted fuel spillage and the plane remained grounded, she claimed.

Some 400 Britons were stuck in the desert stop-off overnight.
 
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Ah yes, here's a fuller account (and copied below in full for those that can't access smh.com.au):

An airliner which was forced to abort take-off twice after alarmed passengers spotted fuel spewing from a wing, is set to make a third attempt. Britons have told of their frantic efforts to stop the Phuket Air flight taking off at Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. The flight from Bangkok to Gatwick was forced to abort takeoff twice after refuelling, according to some passengers.

According to one witness, passengers screamed and refused to sit in their seats as they demanded the pilot abandon his attempt to get the plane in the air.

Three hours later, the pilot tried for a second take-off after the Boeing 747-300 was fixed, but passengers again spotted fuel spillage and the plane remained grounded, she claimed.

Some 400 Britons were stuck in the desert stop-off overnight. The duty manager at Sharjah International Airport told smh.com.au that the plane has been fixed and is due for departure in a few hours, "they (Phuket Air) said departure will be between 6am and 7am (1pm AEST). Flight is ready, fixed everything,'' Sultan al-Mazem said.

Passenger Michelle Richards, 53, of England, told smh.com.au the flight had been delayed by several hours. ... She said the cabin had been filled with screams as the plane gathered speed for take-off.

"As the plane was going down runway we heard this shouting. We just wondered what was going on. Everybody was saying: `Stop, stop','' she said.

It wasn't until the plane taxied back to the terminal that she and her travelling companion learned that the mid-take-off drama was sparked after passengers spotted a fuel leak. ... before yesterday's flight was aborted passengers had been made more alert because the pilot had announced there was a fire danger because fuel had been spilt during refuelling.

... "It was terrifying. Everyone was on their feet shouting and screaming for the plane to stop after a man next to the window started yelling that fuel was pouring down from the wing over the engine pod. ...

Reminds me of Air Crash Investigation stories on Foxtel...
 
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