A delayed charter flight operated by UTAir managed to leave Moscow for the Egyptian resort of Hurghada over 12 hours late after more than 200 passengers were left stranded at Domodedovo Airport.
Domodedovo's online departures board showed that the UTAir Boeing 757-200 took off at 6:18 p.m. on Tuesday instead of 5:55 a.m. as planned.
The UTAir flight was expected to land at 10:35 p.m. Moscow time.
Two hundred and thirty-five passengers had bought tickets for the flight. Interfax reported that UTAir provided 171 passengers with a hotel, while the rest chose to wait either at home or at the airport.
The delay was caused by technical problems with an aircraft flying from the Egyptian resort of Sharm-el-Skeikh, which after landing in Moscow was scheduled to make the trip to Hurghada, UTAir spokeswoman Yelena Galanova told Interfax on Tuesday.