Ryanair gaffer tape repair leads to mid-air out-suckage fear horror

24 October 2011

Screen Shot 2011-10-24 at 10.17.19 Here’s everyone’s favourite low-budget airline, Ryanair, deploying some low-budget techniques as they attempt to get one of their cloud-crates off the ground – taping a window shut ahead of a voyage from Stansted to Riga in Latvia.

But it was all to no avail as the voyage was aborted after only 20 minutes when the tape began to come loose and make disturbing noises. The Irish Aviation Authority have said that the tape was deployed as an added precaution to secure a new window seal. Ryanair themselves have said that they and Sky Marshall O’Leary do not comment on routine technical issues, choosing instead to use the media for brazen acts of self-publicity.

But passenger Anthony Neal, 33, of Bromley, Kent, told The Sun: "We were kept in the dark, and were terrified. I could see guys taping in the windscreen with what looked like duct tape or gaffer tape. We were in the sky, then the pilot said due to damage on the windscreen, we were going to have to turn back."

Meanwhile former pilot John Guntrip said: "This could have been disastrous, the pilot could have been sucked out mid-air if the window had come off."

Everyone’s worst fear isn’t it – being sucked off in mid-air. Sorry, out. Sucked out. Ahem...

TOPICS:   Travel


  • The B.
    Ah well, nothing lasts for ever, well, except trying to crack one off to Susan Boyle.
  • Ian
    I hate Ryanair. But surely this has to be a hoax/photoshop jobbie. 2 blokes on the top steps of a ladder, casually leaning on the nose of the aircraft. Seriously.
  • Dick
    What's the problem? The flight was to Latvia. It's not like there was going to be anyone important on the flight.
  • Sky O.
    This is a tried and tested method of repairing aircraft. http://www.usmra.com/photos/Duct_Plane/
  • Terry M.
    Kept in the dark? You're telling me that they charge for lighting now? Motherfuckers.
  • james D.
    There is more to this story than we see here. Ryanair have an excellent safety record and that picture is BS
  • TeflonMan
    Passenfer Anthony Neal should have paid the optional Safe Windscreen Charge instead of complaining afterwards!
  • KTF
    Pure non-story: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_tape and http://www.pprune.org/rumours-news/467145-ryanair-repair-cockpit-window-tape.html Ryanair might cut costs in many ways but safety isnt one of them.
  • SgtMunky
    This is bs. As if anyone would allow technicians to stand on the top step of what appears to be a podium step, without any safety gear, let alone lean over and away from it. Considering Ryanair are cheapskates, I would assume keeping their planes in the air correctly without paying huge charges and compensation for stupid things like this, is a high priority.
  • Simon
    James - Ryanair are not a safe airline, the culture created by sky marshal olearry is dangerous They have been numerous near accidents that could of been avoided - I saw on I they planes climb higher than it was allowed to last year and nearly cause a crash. why do you think so many of their pilots are leaving, hundreds and hundreds ... I value my life and will NEVER fly with them (and I don't normally deal in absolutes!)
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