An Indonesian plane was temporarily grounded after passengers complained about an overwhelming smell of durian in the cabin.
Reportedly, passengers referred to a 2005 Mandala Airlines plane crash in Medan, where 149 people were killed - and a 2.7 tonne load of durian was initially thought to be the cause of the accident.
The plane flew to its destination of Jakarta an hour late.
A reporter with the Indonesian media group Antara, who happened to be on the plane, said passengers became agitated upon encountering the scent of durian wafting through cabin before takeoff. Video footage filmed by a passenger shows the sacks being taken off the plane as travellers wait on the tarmac.
Despite the fact the passengers were victorious, the airline's management later defended their decision to carry the controversial cargo.
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Crew members assured him the smell would vanish as soon as the plane was in the air.
"It's not illegal to carry durian in a flight as long as it is wrapped properly in accordance with flight regulations - carried inside the hold".
Even with the thick spiky husk intact, the unnatural Asian fruit has such a fearsome, unrelenting stench that it's widely banned on most major airlines, mass transit systems and public places across Asia. "Many airlines do this", Retri Maya, senior corporate communications manager for Sriwijaya Airlines told the Jakarta post in a press statement.
However, he was unsatisfied with the answer and called his fellow passengers against flying in those conditions.
Eventually, they all disembarked the plane while the durian was unloaded.