Passengers refuse to fly with stinking durian cargo

Durian fruit

Following the complaints, the crew grounded removed the fruit and departed an hour later at roughly 11:40am Jakarta time (04:40 GMT).

But Zidane said that despite the complaints, the pilot had decided the fruit - the smell of which some find nauseating - would remain stored in the cabin during the flight.

The airline eventually agreed to remove the offending fruit and the plane took off an hour behind schedule Monday morning. The problem is, videos circulating where a passenger taking the video accused carrying durian as a safety hazard.

"Durian is not classified as a hazardous material to be transported on a plane", Abdul said.

The report described an improper checklist procedure that failed to indicate the retracted flaps and slats of the plane and lead to the unsuccessful take-off that took the lives of passengers, crew as well as people on the ground.

"I complained to the stewardess but they told me to just fill in a complaint form".

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It was at that point that Zidane turned to his fellow passengers and asked who wanted to fly with such a smell.They all shouted back: "Not us!".

Despite the fact the passengers were victorious, the airline's management later defended their decision to carry the controversial cargo. "Many airlines do this", Sriwijaya Air senior corporate communications manager Retri Maya said in a statement to the Post on Tuesday.

Zidane wrote that the passengers were allowed to leave the plane while the crew unloaded the sacks of durian from the plane.

A Sriwijaya Air spokesperson confirmed the incident to the Express.co.uk and said there were three tonnes of the fruit on board the plane.

The spiky fruit's flavor and creamy texture has made it popular throughout Southeast Asia, but its strong odor has gained it many detractors.

The head of Bengkulu airport, Anies Wardhana told local news outlet Detik the airport would "evaluate" future packing situations so that they would "not cause passenger discomfort".

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