Monthly Archives: August 2010

Ryanair aircraft aborts takeoff after engine swallows seagull in Italy

Ryanair, the World’s most hated airline, have had two engine issues in quick succession, the latest caused by a seagull being ingested into an engine during take-off.

Just earlier today we reported that a Ryanair aircraft had suffered problems that resulted in an engine being shut down in flight whilst on approach to Santander in Spain, the cause of which is not yet determined. This time round, a rogue seagull, fed up with Ryanair’s rip-off hidden charges, decided to dive bomb the plane on take-off and got mashed up by the CFM56 turbofan engine.

The Ryanair Boeing 737-800, registration EI-DAV, was due to fly from Cagliari to Frankfurt Hahn (No where near Frankfurt by the way) with 120 passengers on board. The airplane managed to slow down safely and returned to the terminal on one engine.

At this point you’d think the passengers would be let off the aircraft? Oh no, not with Ryanair. The oh so pleasant airline forced them to remain on board for 4 hours while repairs were looked into. Only when passengers started calling the police demanding they be “freed” did Ryanair finally allow them to get off and then admit the plane was buggered after all and they’d all have to wait for a replacement resulting in passengers arriving in Frankfurt (not actually) about 9 hours late.

Another on-time arrival with Ryanair.


Ryanair aircraft engine shuts down during flight to Spain

An engine on an aircraft operated by Ryanair, the World’s most hated airline, has been shut down in mid-air during a flight from Ireland to Spain.

The Ryanair Boeing 737-800, registration number EI-DLV and operating as flight number FR-7152 from Dublin to Santander, was on it’s approach to Santander airport when the crew reported they needed to shut down an engine. The airplane continued into Santander and thankfully arrived in one piece.

A replacement Boeing 737-800 was dispatched to Santander in order to perform the return leg but this resulted in a delay of over 9 hours for the poor passengers waiting to board in Spain.

Passengers were not charged extra for the luxury of a replacement aircraft, as far as we know.

Mr O’Leary was not ingested into the engine and therefore this could not have been a contributing factor to the incident.

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Ryanair urged to bring in safer boarding procedures following 3yr old girl’s fall from aircraft stairs

Ryanair, the Worlds most hated airline, have been urged to conduct a review of their procedures after a three-year-old girl fell off the top of aircraft stairs, through a bloody great big gap, onto the tarmac below.

Sasha Slater, a journalist for the Evening Standard, was carrying her 18-month-old son plus bags, up the steps of the aircraft without any assistance being offered by the cabin crew, at Stansted, in July 2009 when her daughter fell from the stairs.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch report said Ryanair should ensure assistance was available to passengers with children and with special needs.

Olga was climbing the stairs unaided when she fell through a space between the handrail and the level platform at the top of the steps. She was airlifted to hospital after receiving immediate medical help.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report said: “The gap between the extendable handrail and the upper platform of the Boeing 737 airstairs represents a hazard to small children boarding or disembarking the aircraft.”

The modifications proposed by Ryanair after last month’s incident provided “only a limited physical protection against falling”, the AAIB added.

The AAIB recommended that Ryanair review boarding and disembarkation procedures “so that assistance is made available to passengers accompanied by children and those with special needs”.

“I Hate Ryanair” staff have travelled on Ryanair in the past with small children and we found the experience absolutely disgusting. The cabin crew were rude, arrogant and offered no assistance what so ever when it was required.

We don’t think the modifications to procedures that Ryanair are offering are enough and urge parents with children to fly with a proper airline with safer boarding procedures.