Airline in pounds 1.2m suit over delay

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Caledonian Airways faces a pounds 1.2m legal action after a flight to Britain was delayed for 37 hours. Two solicitors who were on flight CKT977 from Tel Aviv are threatening a multi-party action on behalf of around 300 of the 377 passengers.

The aircraft had been scheduled to arrive at 5am on Monday, but did not arrive until 6pm on Tuesday, following technical problems. The Tristar jet was first delayed more than 17 hours in Israel while engineers fixed a faulty instrument gauge, and was then forced to make an emergency landing in Greece two hours into the flight because of engine problems.

Caledonian Airways was named by Which? as the worst airline for delays last summer. A spokeswoman for the airline said last night they had not been notified of any legal action.