In the early hours of today, an Airbus A340, carrying 276 individuals primarily of Indian origin, successfully landed in Mumbai after a prolonged four-day detention in France on suspicion of human trafficking. Departing from Vatry airport near Paris at approximately 2:30 pm local time, the aircraft had faced allegations leading to its prolonged grounding.
Confirming the passenger count, French authorities noted that 276 individuals were on board for the journey, while 27, including five minors, opted to remain in France, seeking asylum. The controversy unfolded when, upon landing in Vatry last Friday, it was discovered that among the 303 passengers, there were 11 unaccompanied minors.
During the challenging four-day period at Vatry airport, the stranded passengers were provided with essential amenities, including makeshift beds, access to toilets and showers, and meals, along with hot beverages, demonstrating the commitment to their well-being amid the unforeseen circumstances.