I've just reached my destination after 33 hours going from one European hub to another. A journey which usually takes a max of 6 from leaving my house!
On the final leg of the journey, after boarding, the pilot asked for volunteers to leave the plane as they were too heavy to take off.
They had flown a 50 min flight from my final destination to where I was and, without fuelling, were turning around to go back. They were adamant that the plane was too heavy and (with a print out from one of the flight computers in hand) were asking for 27 people to leave the flight.
Is this possible? Because the MTOW of the aircraft is greater than the max landing weight, how could they have landed under max landing weight but now be too heavy to take off?
Maybe they flew with no passengers, but exceeded MTOW after adding more passengers and luggage?
Any suggestions for question re-phrasing or additional clarity are greatly appreciated.