Passengers have been stranded after an oil spill suspended a Tuesday morning flight to Brisbane.
Passengers have been stranded after an oil spill suspended a Tuesday morning flight to Brisbane. Ellen Ransley

Tarmac oil spill strands passengers for nine hours

TRAVELLERS were left stranded after an oil spill on the tarmac at the Roma Airport grounded a Brisbane bound flight.    The spill, which council confirmed was quickly cleaned up in accordance with procedures, grounded the 11.25am flight on Tuesday morning.    One of dozens of passengers told The Western Star the flight was due to leave Roma at 11.25am, but shortly after was told they would not be able to leave until the tarmac spill had been cleaned up.   Shortly before noon, passengers were asked to vacate the plane. "They have put us all on the 7.10pm flight tonight instead," a passenger said.   "It's a bit annoying that we have to wait another seven hours for a flight to Brisbane. I could drive there in that time," another said.   A council spokeswoman said the plane leaked less than 100ml of hydraulic oil onto the parking area.    "All spill response procedures were followed to ensure the oil was cleaned up," she said.   Queensland Fire and Emergency Services were not called to the scene.