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Tour group cancels flight to Fiesta Bowl, strands 140

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A tour group canceled its game-day flight
to the Fiesta Bowl, leaving about 140 people looking for other ways
to get to the game between Ohio State and Notre Dame or stuck
watching it on television at home.

Tour Management Group of Oklahoma City, Okla., told customers by
e-mail Friday that the trip was canceled because the charter
company it contracted with for the flight failed to supply a crew,
Vice President David Patterson said.

"This has never happened to us before," Patterson said. The
company has been in business for five years.

The fans were set to fly from Columbus Monday morning to Phoenix
for Monday afternoon's game. The $845 round-trip ticket included
the flight and transportation to and from Sun Devil Stadium in
Tempe, Ariz., but did not include game tickets.

Patterson said customers have been given refunds, but that it
might take a few days for the money to show up in their accounts.

Michael Baehr, 48, of Blacklick, Ohio, said the package gave him a way
to watch the Buckeyes without missing work. He planned to use two
bowl tickets that he won from the Greater Columbus Chamber of
Commerce.

"I was very disappointed, a little angry," Baehr said
Saturday.