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165 Air France passengers stuck in Montreal

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The breakdown of an Air France jet has stranded 165 passengers in Montreal since Sunday and the airline says it needs another day to get them home.

The Airbus A340 jetliner was scheduled to fly from the Canadian city to Paris on Sunday but had to turn back to the terminal shortly after leaving the gate.

Passengers were asked to wait for the aircraft to be repaired instead being rescheduled on other flights.

"We've been waiting two days for a flight to Paris," passenger Didier Pasquet told AFP on Monday evening.

"Terrible experience and ruined vacation," Daniel Dahan said in a Twitter message.

An Air France spokesman confirmed that most of the passengers would be transferred to two other Air France flights on Tuesday night.

The rest would be reserved seats aboard competitors' flights, including KLM, Air Transat and Air Canada also Tuesday.

All of the passengers would reach Paris no later than Wednesday, Air France pledged.

- with AFP