Strangest Delay Reason Experinced: Don't Check Melons!

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  1. serfty


    Nov 16, 2004
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    I'm waiting in AKL for boarding to commence for my Air NZ flight to MEL. This has been delayed 40 minutes as, on the inbound flight from Nandi, luggage had been checked containing Melons.

    Apparently, they exploded while in flight and the hold of the A320 now has to be scrubbed before luggage can be loaded!

    That's a completely new one on me ...

    Has anyone else had something similar and/or as wierd delay their flight significantly.

  2. pacblue

    pacblue Intern

    Dec 2, 2005
    I had a similar experience a few years back on a flight from TBU (Nuku'alofa in Tonga) to MEL via AKL. a crate of pumpkin squash (apparently one of Tonga's main ag exports) had exploded , spreading slime all over the joint.

    A/C hold and its contents had to be washed out in NZ before we could proceed (4 hours later !!!)

    Apparently the squash were over-ripe !.
  3. Kiwi Flyer

    Kiwi Flyer Senior Member

    Sep 24, 2004
    Funnily enough I have had this happen to me before!
  4. JAB

    JAB Junior Member

    Nov 8, 2006
    PRobably a good thing anyway. I was delayed out of MEL today due to the smoke that was covering Victoria. 2 Hour delay which was also caused by a broken plane apparently.
  5. serfty


    Nov 16, 2004
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    #5 serfty, Dec 11, 2006
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    Actually; after making my way back to the gate an announcement was made that it wasn't exploding Melons but Exploding Mangoes! :confused:

    By the time we boarded I was still wondering how mangoes could actually explode. Melons, possibly, but mangoes?

    All became clear with the Pilot's pre-flight announcement that it was in fact jars of pickled mangoes that had indeed exploded and it was a corrosive pickling fluid that had leaked out into the hold, necessitating cleanup before it damaged the aircraft.

    On a more mundane note, we waited another 40 minutes after boarding while the passenger luggage was loaded :rolleyes:

    And, yes, the smoke from the bush fires affected airport visibility at MEL causing a 20 minute holding pattern.
  6. Tooner

    Tooner Active Member

    Nov 7, 2006
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    Maybe not Melons, but definitely a melon-head!

    Years ago we got delayed in Air NZ out of LAX when a clown on the ground drove his truck into the landing gear of the 747. 4.5 hours later, we jetted off!!
  7. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

    Mar 22, 2005
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    Corrosive pickling fluid! Pickled mangoes are fit for human consumption but could damage an aircraft. :confused:
  8. straitman


    Apr 27, 2003
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    View my flight map is coke, water and a host of other goodies. :mrgreen:
  9. Flying Fox

    Flying Fox Established Member

    Jul 13, 2006
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    Yes, me too.

    Melons exploding and plane needed a wash out before we could leave either KUL or SIN to come back to AUS.
  10. needaholiday

    needaholiday Intern

    Aug 29, 2005
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    I flew MEL-SYD Sunday as well, we were delayed by smoke in MEL and major delays in landing at SYD as they were only able use the East West RWY due to prevailing winds, then.....only to be met by furthers delays leaving the airport with a traffic jam at the departures kerb while sitting in the LT car park shuttle bus due to cars 'doing the loop' trying to pick up delayed passengers!

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