The fake bomb discovered onboard an Air France aircraft resulting in an emergency landing in Mombasa, Kenya, came with a cost: 500,000 euros.
The French airline company has allegedly spent 4,000 euros for every minute the aircraft (and its passengers) remained on Kenyan land. Consequently, the emergency landing cost 500,000 euros (around Rs 20 million, according to DefiMedia.info).
French newspaper Le Figaro thus reports that there literally was a price to pay for the incident.
The steep cost of the unplanned landing is partly due to the last-minute hotel reservation for the 459 passengers and 11 crew members. Furthermore, the latter only travelled to the Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle, France, onboard an aircraft from Reunion Island. The chartering of this airplane necessitated its departure to Paris to be cancelled. On the other hand, the passengers who had booked this flight were left stranded.
Moreover, the aircraft that stopped at Mombasa could not take off again because of the unique usage of the emergency landing option. Each structure pertaining to the latter had had to be replaced by technicians despatched from Paris.
Therefore, the individual behind the ‘sick joke’ will have to account for all these expenses.