Summarized from Straits Times Online:
Australia’s national airline Qantas blamed Singapore’s Jubilee celebrations for the 23-hour delay of one of its flights. Singapore’s airspace was closed for a short period of time, from 6.25pm to 7.10pm on Sunday evening, to accommodate aerial displays during the National Day Parade. No planes were allowed to land or takeoff at Changi Airport.
Dozens of people were stranded overnight when the flight – scheduled to leave for Melbourne at 7.55pm on Sunday – failed to land. The Straits Times understands that the Qantas plane had to re-fuel in Batam, but a lengthy delay arose when its flight crew was discovered to have exceeded their flight hours.
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This is my favourite response from the discussion thread, by user ‘Spammyface Buk’
“I would like to apologize to Qantas and affected passengers for the long delay caused undoubtedly by the decision made 30 minutes before the plane landed, to put up an aerial display as part of our National Day Celebration. Singapore achieved national success and renown because of a culture of shoddy planning and dependence on pure luck to get us out of pickles. You can tell that our streak of miraculous luck held out in that NO OTHER airplane was affected. Thank our stars, all five of them!”
How scathing. I like!