Dallas-bound passengers stranded in Roswell due to bad weather

Created: 12/09/2013 5:54 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Bad weather in Dallas has left some people stranded in Roswell for several days. That's because Dallas is the only city the Roswell airport flies to.

On Monday, just as travelers thought they would finally fly out, there was another problem.

More than 500 passengers scheduled to fly out of Roswell have had to make other plans. But this morning, American Airlines gave the green light for the first flight out in days.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 was there as passengers were finally getting to board.

"It's good to be getting back home finally, we're looking forward to it," Elizabeth Torel said.

Torel and her son have been stranded since Friday. They're visiting from Los Angeles to tour the New Mexico Military Institute.

Abby Yates has been trying to get out of Roswell since Thursday.

"It's just been repacking every night and unpacking every morning," Yates said.

Herb and Pat Williams are visiting from Houston for the holidays. They've been delayed since Saturday.

"We do work and we need to get back to our jobs because we have responsibilities there," Pat Williams said.

When all passengers were at the gate waiting to board, the intercom announced the flight was cancelled. And just like that, another delay. 

Passengers headed straight for the ticketing desk.

"I'm in shock," Herb Williams said.

"He's a little stressed. We just went on a great vacation and now we're getting a little stressed because we need to get back to our jobs," Pat Williams said.

“As you can tell I'm getting frazzled, but what’s there to do?" said Torel.

"Well it seems like the plane was on the tarmac for several days, and we're just now finding out that it's not operational. That's a little disturbing," said Donna Strange.

This time the flight was cancelled due to mechanical problems.

But it's just another road block and that much more time these passengers have to wait to get home.

"I just want to go home," Charlyne Balizan said.

The next flight out of Roswell was expected to leave at 5:30 p.m. Monday night.

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