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Hurricane Odile: Stranded Canadians flying to Vancouver

09/17/2014 09:40 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 00:57 EDT
Days after a hurricane forced the cancellation of all commercial flights out of the international airport in Los Cabos, Mexico, some of the first Canadians to return home are about to land in Vancouver.

Sunwing Airlines says a flight carrying 185 adults and five infants left Los Cabos just after 4 p.m. local time, and is due to arrive at Vancouver International Airport at 7 p.m. PT.

Most had booked on Sunwing, but 35 of them had booked with other airlines, a spokesperson said.

A second Sunwing flight will bring more home through Toronto's Pearson International Airport.

That plane is expected to depart Cabo San Lucas airport "at full capacity" this evening, Sunwing said in a statement. 

Mexico's government earlier had thousands of stranded foreign tourists airlifted out of the hurricane-ravaged vacation destination, sending them on military and commercial planes to airports in Tijuana, Mazatlan, Guadalajara and Mexico City.

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The remnants of Odile, which has been downgraded from a Category 3 hurricane to a tropical storm, are expected to reach Arizona Wednesday evening and strike hardest in the Tucson area, though forecasters said Phoenix could get lashed with rain and heavy winds as well.

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