Plane with Indians grounded in France on suspicion of human trafficking leaves airport

The grounding of the aircraft left approximately 300 Indian passengers, including a 21-month-old child and 11 unaccompanied minors, stranded

Aerial view of Vatry airport in France (photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Aerial view of Vatry airport in France (photo: Wikimedia Commons)
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After a four-day wait, a plane at the centre of a human trafficking investigation departed on Monday from a French airport, destined for India, reports said.

The grounding of the aircraft left approximately 300 Indian passengers, including a 21-month-old child and 11 unaccompanied minors, stranded en route to Nicaragua in central America from Dubai.

"Thank French government and Vatry Airport for quick resolution of the situation, enabling Indian passengers to return home & hospitality. Also for working closely with the embassy team, present throughout at the site to ensure welfare and smooth & safe return. Thank agencies in India, too," the Indian Embassy, with handle name India in France, wrote on X.

However, the embassy did not mention human trafficking in the post.

On 21 December, after the Nicaragua-bound plane carrying 303 Indian passengers was grounded in France over suspected "human trafficking", the Indian Embassy in France said an embassy team had obtained consular access and was investigating the situation.

The remarks from the Indian embassy in France came after reports suggested that a Nicaragua-bound plane from Dubai was detained at a French airport.

In a post on X, the embassy said, "French authorities informed us of a plane with 303 people, mostly of Indian origin, from Dubai to Nicaragua detained on a technical halt at a French airport."

"Embassy team has reached and obtained consular access. We are investigating the situation, also ensuring the wellbeing of passengers."

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