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Ryanair recent incidents

ryanair-leave-marseilleRyanair, The World’s Most Hated Airline, have had a few incidents over the last few days, as reported on AV Herald, including 2 flights diverted with engine problems.

On the 12th August, a Ryanair Boeing 737-800, registration EI-ESL performing flight FR-6370 from Barcelona,SP (Spain) to Las Palmas,CI (Spain) with 168 passengers, was enroute at FL370 about 170nm southsouthwest of Faro (Portugal) when the crew reported engine (CFM56) trouble, turned around and diverted to Faro for a safe landing on runway 28 about 45 minutes later.

On 16 August, a Ryanair Boeing 737-800, registration EI-EGD performing flight FR-7602 from Bremen (Germany) to Vilnius (Lithuania) with 164 passengers, rejected takeoff from Bremen’s runway 09 at low speed after the crew noticed a strong odour in the cockpit. The aircraft slowed safely and returned to the apron.

Also on the 16th August, a Ryanair Boeing 737-800, registration EI-EMI performing flight FR-1228 from Tenerife Sur Reina Sofia,CI (Spain) to Billund (Denmark), was climbing out of Tenerife’s runway 08 when the crew stopped the climb at FL070 reporting engine trouble, descended the aircraft to 4000 feet to burn off fuel and returned to Tenerife for a safe landing on runway 08 about 2 hours after departure.

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Ryanair Fires Pilot after “Dispatches” documentary probes safety culture

micky-oRyanair, the World’s Most Hated Airline, have fired the Pilot who appeared on the Channel 4 Dispatches documentary that probed safety culture at the airline.

Captain John Goss was dismissed with immediate effect and Ryanair said they plan to pursue legal action against him after he questioned the airline’s safety.

“We will not allow a Ryanair employee to defame our safety on national television,” the airline said in an e-mailed statement.

Pilots are wary of raising concerns and are encouraged to carry as little fuel as possible, the Channel 4 “Dispatches” program reported, citing a survey conducted by the Ryanair Pilots Group, which claims to represent more than half of the carrier’s pilots. The fuel issue arose when three jets declared emergencies before touching down in Valencia, Spain, after diversions from Madrid last year.

Goss was one of five pilots elected to the pilots’ group interim council in June. During his 26 years at Ryanair he acted as a flight safety officer and his record was “blemish free,” the RPG said in an e-mailed statement.

“The immediate reaction of Ryanair to safety issues brought to their attention is to deny the existence of any problems and to effectively shoot the messenger,” RPG Chairman Evert van Zwol said in the statement. “Safety experts are agreed that a sound safety culture is based on pilots having faith in a non-punitive approach and dealing directly and transparently with all concerns raised.”

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Ryanair in safety warning claims over cutting fuel

slide_4584_63779_largeRyanair, the World’s Most Hated Airline, could be putting passengers at risk by restricting the amount of fuel they carry in an attempt to cut costs, according to an article in the Independent last week

In a strongly worded report, Spanish safety investigators said that “market competition” was forcing airlines to carry less emergency fuel to improve competitiveness.

And they warned that air traffic controllers might not be able to cope if, due to bad weather or a closed a runway, they were faced with multiple planes trying to land with minimum fuel levels on board.

The official report into the Ryanair Flight RY9ZC on-route from Stansted to Alicante in Spain with 170 passengers on board in May 2010 reveals regulators’ concerns about the policy. It details how the 27-year-old Ryanair captain decided not to take on any additional fuel other than that calculated in his flight plan.

In fact, due to better than expected weather conditions and a lower than estimated take-off weight, the plane’s fuel consumption was 477kg less than had been predicted. But as the plane approached the airport it faced unexpectedly strong winds and was forced abandon two attempts to land.

At that point the captain, and his 22-year-old co-pilot, made a decision to divert to Valencia. But while approaching the airport, the crew had to declare a Mayday.

The plane landed safely but a measurement of fuel after landing showed it had just 956kg remaining, 183kg below the final fuel reserve of 1,139kg required as part of its total fuel on take off. If the plane had had predicted conditions on route it would have had only 15 minutes of flying time.

In its analysis of the incident, the Spanish Civil Aviation Accident and Incident Investigation Commission said it was concerned that if more airlines adopted Ryanair’s fuel strategy then safety could be compromised.

The report concluded that the cause of the incident was the crew’s “inadequate decision-making process”.

Read the full Independent article here: http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/exclusive-safety-warning-as-budget-airlines-such-as-ryanair-cut-fuel-levels-for-flights-8749046.html

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Ryanair incident leaves 16 injured in Gran Canaria to Madrid flight

Ryanair, the World’s Most Hated Airline, suffered a cabin depressurization on Flight FR2011 (Madrid-Gran Canaria) this week forcing the flight to make an emergency landing at Barajas airport shortly after takeoff.

The pilots carried out emergency procedures, oxygen masks were deployed and they began a controlled descent of the aircraft to the appropriate height.

The plane returned to Madrid “immediately” and landed normally at 8.25 hours disembarking passengers “safely”.

After the incident, sixteen passengers were treated by medical services.vFourteen of them were discharged and two were taken to a hospital but were discharged hours later.

The full story is available, translated by Google here: http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.farodevigo.es%2Fespana%2F2012%2F09%2F08%2Fnuevo-incidente-avion-ryanair-deja-16-heridos-vuelo-madrid-gran-canaria%2F681324.html%3Futm_medium%3Drss&act=url

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Three examined in hospital after Ryanair emergency landing

A jet flown by Ryanair, the World’s most hated airline, was involved in an emergency landing following a cabin pressure alert yesterday, according to the BBC.

The plane was diverted to Frankfurt in Germany; the German authorities said 10 other people suffered minor injuries.

Among the 134 passengers on board Wednesday’s flight from Bergamo, in Italy, were Nottingham couple Melvin and Jacqueline Frater.

Mrs Frater said many of those on board were afraid during the incident.

“You could see the whites of the eyes of the people next to you. People were panicking but they weren’t screaming or shouting,” she said.

“You overheard the captain saying ‘Mayday, mayday,’ and he was saying it rapidly as we were going down. I thought my number was up.”
‘Crying with pain’

Ryanair said the captain had identified a pressurisation warning and descended from 31,000 ft to 10,000ft as recommended.

Mr Frater, from Bakersfield, said: “I don’t know how long we were actually falling but you could tell it was rapidly because of the pressure in our ears.

“Then the children and babies started crying with the pain.”

The aircraft landed at 12:00 local time and passengers were later taken on to East Midlands Airport on another flight.

It has been reported that another Ryanair Boeing 737-800 suffered a decompression on 6 February while flying from Bergamo to Charleroi in Belgium.

In a statement Ryanair apologised to all the passengers affected by the diversion and delay on Wednesday.

The aircraft has been examined, but the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation said the full investigation could take up to a year.

A spokesman for the bureau said three people were taken to hospital for examination after the incident but were not seriously injured. Ten people received minor injuries but did not require hospital treatment.

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Ryanair jet forced down by loose gaffer tape

Ryanair, the World’s most hated airline, had to abort a flight with 200 passengers onboard after tape used to patch up a pilot’s window came loose.

The 200 cattle, sorry, passengers watched in horror as ground crew stuck the tape around the edge of the windscreen of the Ryanair jet just before it departed from London Stansted on it’s way to to Riga in Latvia.

The Irish Aviation Authority have said the tape was being used as an extra precaution to secure a new window seal.

But the pilot aborted the flight after 20 minutes when the tape started to become loose and made disturbing noises.

“What’s all the fuss about a bit of loose gaffer tape? The blue-tac holding the engines on and the sellotape attaching the wings to the main fuselage all worked fine” said the inflatable co-pilot.

A spokesman for Ryanair said, “We do not comment on routine technical issues. All Ryanair flights operate in accordance with approved safety standards.”

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Ryanair in passenger mutiny drama

Ryanair, the World’s most hated airline, left passengers on a plane, locking the toilet doors and turning out the lights earlier this week.

The flight, which departed Morocco for France, was forced to land at Liege Airport in Belgium when heavy fog created poor visibility. Along with the Ryanair flight, three other planes were forced to divert to Liege. Of the four planes, the three other flights’ passengers opted for free bus tickets and continued on their journey to France, 350kms away.

More than 100 angry Ryanair passengers staged a sit-in in the aircraft cabin, refusing to get off.

Media outlets interviewed passengers, who said that the aircraft left Morocco three hours later than scheduled and then landed abruptly in Belgium without warning. One passenger said that no one had informed travellers that the jet would be landing.

Reda Yahiyaoui, a businessman who was travelling with his wife, a two-month-old baby and a three-year-old, said passengers had been left with no water and the toilets in the plane were locked.

“The pilot left and he even left the cockpit door open,” he said.

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Ryanair emergency landing due to low fuel

A Boeing 737-800 operated by Ryanair, the World’s most hated airline, was recently forced into declaring an emergency and landing at an alternate airport due to being too low on fuel.

The Ryanair flight on the 14th May was due to fly between Stansted and Alicante in Spain but ended up landing safely in Valencia, which is about 70 miles away.

Upon it’s initial attempt to land on runway 10 at Alicante Airport (LEAL), the aircraft experienced windsheer and was forced to go around for another try. This time the crew decided to use runway 28 but again experienced similar wind conditions and aborted the landing.

A “Pan” call was made by the pilot to indicate urgency due to the fact that they were now below the final fuel reserve and the aircraft was diverted to Valencia. But on the approach the situation was upgraded to a full emergency by making a “MAYDAY” call.

After the landing, the final fuel quantities were checked and it was found that there was just 440kg in tank 1 and 470kg in tank 2. The central fuel tank was empty.

The crew re-fueled and continued to Alicante where they arrived over 2 hours late.

Thank goodness for the sake of the passengers that this delay resulted in no trumpet fanfare being played!

An investigation by the Spanish Civil Aviation Authorities is underway.

http://www.fomento.es/MFOM/LANG_EN/DIRECCIONES_GENERALES/ORGANOS_COLEGIADOS/CIAIAC/INVESTIGACION/2010/010_2010ENG.htm

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Ryanair jet’s broken tail flap prompts FAA ‘Airworthiness Directive’ affecting 600 aircraft

The FAA have ordered airlines to perform an emergency inspection of some 600 Boeing 737 airplanes after vibrations caused by a broken tail flap mechanism forced the diversion of a flight operated by Ryanair, the World’s most hated airline.

The Ryanair flight using a Boeing 737-800, registration EI-DYI and performing flight FR-5407 from Eindhoven to Madrid with 146 passengers, was climbing out of Eindhoven having reached FL240 just northeast of Brussels, when the crew reported technical problems.

The Ryanair flightcrew diverted from the intended route and made an uneventful landing.

The FAA then received a report from Boeing detailing the failure of the aft attach lugs on the left elevator tab control mechanism, which resulted in severe elevator vibration.

Sandy Angers, a Seattle-based spokeswoman for Boeing Co., said the company identified the problem after the Ryanair incident when a flight crew noticed “excessive” vibration and was forced to divert.

“There is a safety concern,” she said. “When we become aware of these types of issues, we respond quickly.”

Angers said the order effects about 600 “next-generation Boeing 737s, including the -600, -700, -800, and -900 series.

Subsequent investigation revealed extensive damage to the elevator tab control system. Severe vibration in this attach point is suspected of allowing rapid wear of the joint, and resulted in failure of the attach lugs.

This condition, if not corrected, could “result in a loss of aircraft control and structural integrity” and could thus cause a crash.

The FAA Airworthiness Directive can be read here:
http://www.airweb.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_Guidance_Library%5CrgAD.nsf/0/DF4E8BD4ADD40024862576E500199ECB?OpenDocument

A PDF copy of the FAA report can be found here:
http://www.airweb.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_Guidance_Library/rgAD.nsf/0/df4e8bd4add40024862576e500199ecb/$FILE/2010-06-51_Emergency.pdf

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Ryanair accused of abandoning passengers on wrong island after flight diverted

Ryanair, the World’s most hated airline, have been accused of abandoning passengers after one of their aircraft was diverted due to bad weather yesterday.

According to the Daily Mail, passengers were en-route to Lanzarote but ended up landing in Fuerteventura.

After being let off the plane, passengers are said to have been left to make their own arrangements to get to the correct destination.

One family were left £400 out of pocket after forking out for overnight hotel accommodation and a 30 minute ferry crossing to Lanzarote the next day.

Kay Wright, 40, was with her sons Jack, six, George, five, three-year-old daughter Kacey and stepdaughter Tabatha, 23.

She claimed they were “given no further help from Ryanair” and was “forced to ring partner Tony Wainwright at home in Bournemouth, Dorset, to help her reach their destination”.

Tony said: “I got a phone call at about 6pm to say they had landed but were on the wrong island.

“After disembarking they had gone into the terminal but there were no Ryanair representatives to tell them what to do next.

“It was left to me and a very helpful Spanish lady to sort out a taxi, arrange alternative accommodation for the night and book ferry crossings to Lanzarote in the morning.

“I don’t blame Ryanair for the bad weather but to abandon a family, on the wrong island, is unforgivable.

“It has cost us another £400.

“I know Ryanair is a budget airline but surely they have some duty of care to their passengers”.

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