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Europe Snow Storms - Deane Raseta is among hundreds of Australians stranded in Europe today.

She has been prevented from getting home for Christmas by ice and snow that have killed at least seven people and immobilised the biggest European airports, The Australian reported.

After spending 14 hours at Heathrow over the weekend, Ms Raseta managed to find her luggage and headed back to her flat in London last night.

She had been due to fly out on Saturday on a Cathay Pacific flight bound for Perth, where her family and friends are waiting to spend Christmas with her, but she never made it off the ground.

Europe Snow Storms

Instead, Ms Raseta, a 33-year-old communications manager for an asset management firm based in London, spent six hours sitting on board the plane after the British Airports Association, which owns Heathrow and Gatwick airports, cancelled all flights owing to the bombardment of snow that has hit Britain and paralysed its transport networks in recent days.

"Our pilot was explaining that we need to de-ice our plane, but then they ran out of de-ice liquid," Ms Raseta told The Australian.

"Then we needed to get the snow plough to remove the snow from the taxi area so we could move our plane, but the plough got bogged (down). It was like a sauna on the plane - I felt really sorry for people with children."

The scene inside the Heathrow terminal was mayhem, she said.

"People were lying everywhere. One family I met were supposed to be on a refuelling stop from South Africa - they only had bikinis and shorts with them and now they're stuck in London in the snow."

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