Passengers Aboard Indonesian Plane 'Revolt' Against Two Tons of Stinky Durian

Durian is highly popular in southeast Asia but very divisive

In April, the smell of durian rotting in a cupboard at an Australian university's library was mistaken for a gas leak, the Associated Press reported.

It has often been compared to the smell of raw sewage or turpentine ("garnished with a gym sock", as per travel and food writer Richard Sterling), so you know that it's not something you'd like to have around in an enclosed space.

According to the BBC, about two tons of the fruit was in the plane's cargo hold.

The flight took off an hour later than scheduled to Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

"The thorny durian is a delicacy in much of Asia but also controversial - you either love it or hate it", wrote the BBC.

Its potent stench means it's banned from public transportation, hotels and even planes in certain countries. According to The Star, it was actually due to complaints from passengers about the stink in the cabin, which turns out to be from dozens of sacks of durian.

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In a video posted by one of the passengers, Amir Zidane, he claims there were three tonnes of durian that were removed from the flight to conform to the passengers' demands.

"Man, this is a bad smell", Zidane said he told the officer.

An Indonesian plane bound for Jakarta on Monday was grounded after passengers were overpowered by the noxious smell of durian pervading the cabin shortly before takeoff. "They're all just making a noise".

At one point, things got so heated that a brawl nearly ensued, according to Boyke Ledy Watra, a journalist with Indonesian news agency Antara who was among those on board.

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. "Many airlines do this", Retri Maya, senior corporate communications manager for Sriwijaya Airlines told the Jakarta post in a press statement.

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