UPDATED: SD43 students stuck in Senegal

Flight delayed because Brussels airport remains closed following last week's bombing, students expected to return home Saturday

A group of Tri-City students from Dr. Charles Best and Riverside secondary schools is getting home from a spring break trip to Senegal almost a week later than expected.

The approximately 24 French Immersion students doing volunteer work in the west African country were to have arrived home Sunday but were delayed when their flight was cancelled because of terrorist activities last week in Brussels.

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The original flight had been scheduled for a stop-over in Brussels, where the airport has been closed since last week's bombings.

School District 43 spokesperson Peter Chevrier confirmed yesterday that another flight has been arranged, leaving Thursday and scheduled to arrive at Vancouver International Airport early Saturday morning.

"School and district staff have worked with the tour operator, airline and others to book alternative flights which will bring them home later this week," Chevrier told The Tri-City News. "We have been told everyone is safe and in good spirits."

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