KUSA- Passengers aboard a flight from Denver to Louisville were turned around twice because of maintenance issues.
United Express flight 6063 was originally scheduled to leave at 10:38 Thursday morning.
Passenger Donald Gardner says the flight left a few minutes late because they had to wait for another passenger. That was the least of the delays. He says about an hour into the flight the pilot came over the intercom and told them they had to turn around.
"We left at 10:55 a.m., we landed back in Denver at 12:12 p.m.," he said.
United Express issued a statement saying the flight returned to Denver safely and without incident, and maintenance teams resolved the issue. Passengers got back on the same plane and took off again for Louisville. They were turned around again after the airline says a different maintenance alert went off.
"We left again at 2:20 p.m. and then we were back here in Denver at 2:50 p.m.," Gardner said. "I understand as far as the safety, but if they would have been more concerned about that safety they would have done something the first time around."
All 50 passengers were reaccommodated on a replacement aircraft, but Gardner says they had to wait hours for a replacement crew to arrive. They finally left Denver around 7:45 p.m. Thursday evening and were expected to arrive at their destination about 9 and a half hours late. Gardner says for their trouble they received a $5 food voucher, drink coupons for the flight and a 10 percent discount toward future travel.
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