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Ryanair planes crash into each other at Dublin airport

Damage to two Ryanair planes that clipped each other at Dublin airportRyanair, the World’s Most Hated Airline, have had a little accident today at Dublin Airport involving two of their aircraft crashing into each other.

The winglet of one of the Irish airline’s Boeing 737s scraped against the tail of another. Both planes, one heading to Edinburgh and the other to Charleroi, Belgium, were returned to the stand.

No injuries were reported but minor delays to other flights were expected after the incident on Tuesday morning.

A Ryanair spokeswoman said: “Both aircraft were under the instruction of Dublin airport air traffic control at the time. There was no impact on customers on board. Affected customers will board two replacement aircraft which will depart to Brussels Charleroi and Edinburgh later this morning. Ryanair apologises sincerely to customers for any inconvenience.”

The winglet of one plane was broken off in the incident.

Emergency services attended the scene, and government air accident investigators will conduct an inquiry.

Dublin airport has resumed normal service, although Ryanair said passengers could be delayed as a result of the incident.

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Bride-to-be in punch-up with hen party on board Ryanair flight


Ryanair, the World’s Most Hated Airline, hosted what looked like a heavy weight boxing match on a flight to Barcelona last week.

The video shows a woman, dressed in white, throw several punches at another girl in front of stunned passengers at 30,000 feet.

A steward on board the nasty plane, which was around 40 minutes from landing, manages to separate two of the girls who can be see shouting at each other in the clip.

Passenger Tony Tickle, who recorded the video, said the crew managed to get the situation ‘under control quickly’.

‘All of a sudden I heard it all kicking off,’ he told the Manchester Evening News.

‘I could see shouting and it looked like two girls were fighting. Then I saw the bride run along and jump in.

‘She threw three or four punches. I grabbed my phone to get it on camera.’

He added: ‘It all happened so fast. It lasted about a minute in all.

‘The flight attendants rushed in and separated them and got the main protagonist out of there.’

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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 bullying pilots into silence

ryanair-leave-marseilleA furious group of pilots who fly for Ryanair, the World’s Most Hated Airline, claim the low-cost shambles is orchestrating a campaign to bully them into silence by “suppressing” their Facebook and Twitter sites.

The Ryanair Pilot Group (RPG) hit out as the airline claimed it was being targeted by “internet trolls” masquerading as Ryanair.

The RPG’s Facebook website was shut down last week after a complaint the site infringed Ryanair’s intellectual property.

RPG chairman Evert van Zwol said: “There seems to be an orchestrated and deliberate attempt to silence the public voice of the Ryanair pilots.

“Attempts to suppress social communications are not acceptable in 21st century Europe.”

A separate Twitter account, dubbed “Ryanair Customer Service Not” reappeared on Twitter yesterday claiming Ryanair had asked the website to “suspend its account”. In a statement Ryanair would only say: “We are currently applying to obtain all ‘Ryanair’ pages on all relevant social media outlets in order to prevent internet trolls masquerading as Ryanair.”

The row came just hours after allegations Ryanair management were intimidating pilots who wanted to raise safety concerns, claims fiercely denied by the airline.

A Channel 4 Dispatches programme last night was due to claim that more than half of 1,000 pilots were too scared to raise safety issues with external bodies. More than nine in ten believed the airline was trying to silience pilots from raising safety concerns.

Ryanair has long claimed the RPG is little more than a “PR front for the pilot unions of competitor airlines”. Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary is famous for having little sympathy with trade unions, which are not recognised by the airline.

Spanish safety investigators last week claimed airlines such as Ryanair could be putting passengers at risk by restricting the amount of fuel they carry to cut costs.

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Ryanair accused of intimidating pilots

Angry-Pilot-CroppedRyanair, the World’s Most Hated Airline, are accused of intimidating pilots who want to raise safety issues with the airline’s management.

A survey of more than 1,000 pilots revealed deep misgivings over the no-frills airline’s approach, according to an article on Telegraph.co.uk

The results of the survey, which will be made public on Channel 4’s Dispatches documentary tonight suggested many did not believe the airline had a “transparent safety culture.”

Just over a third of the company’s pilots took part in the survey commissioned by the Ryanair Pilot Group, an unofficial body at the company, which refuses to recognise trade unions.

The survey was triggered by a memorandum to pilots by management following an earlier petition raising safety concerns.

Ryanair warned any pilot signing what it described as a “so-called safety petition” could face the sack for gross misconduct.

Following the Ryanair memo, the survey found that more than half the pilots were more reluctant to raise safety issues with external bodies.

More than nine out of 10 pilots, who participated in the survey, said they believed the airline was trying to suppress pilots from raising safety concerns.

Just under 70 per cent of respondents said they no longer continued to have confidence in the safety reporting system of Ryanair after receiving the memo.

Nearly 90 per cent called on regulators to take action against the airline for issuing the memo.

The survey comes within weeks of Ryanair’s drive to minimize fuel costs coming under fire from Spanish air accident investigators.

A report into a series of incidents in which the no-frills airline had to declare a series of fuel emergencies has raised questions over the company’s operating practices.

Comisión de Investigación de Accidentes e Incidentes de Aviación Civil, the Spanish Equivalent to the Britain’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch, was highly critical of Ryanair .

This followed an investigation of examining incidents at Alicante on May 14 last year and Valencia on June 26, when Ryanair aircraft declared fuel emergencies.

It concluded: “The company’s fuel savings policy, though it complies with the minimum legal requirements, tends to minimize the amount of fuel with which its airplanes operate and leaves none for contingencies below the legal minimums.

“This contributed to the amount of fuel used being improperly planned and to the amount of fuel onboard dropping below the required final fuel reserve.”

Responding to the Spanish investigation, a Ryanair spokesman, denied the airline’s pilots flew with “minimum fuel”.

The airline said the investigators’ report was factually inaccurate and insisted the Irish Aviation Authority had “no concerns over Ryanair’s fuel policy”.

It declined to comment on the survey describing the group as a “PR front for the pilot unions of competitor airlines.”

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Ryanair Ibiza flight taken over by group of drunken hooligans

drink-vodka-ryanairRyanair, the World’s Most Hated Airline, offer such a shoddy service that passengers are now resorting to drinking 10 bottles of vodka before departure, according to an article on Digital Journal.

On August 3, after two of the men created a scene when being refused permission to board the plane, police officers had to give advice to the Ryanair cabin crew prior to takeoff on how to deal with the group’s behavior.

58-year-old Fiona Black, a frequent-flier passenger on the flight, told the Scottish newspaper, The Daily Record, that “Police came on and had a word with them but never took off the ones who should’ve been taken off.”

The flight was delayed by 30 minutes and after takeoff the craziness reportedly continued.

Black said: “It was just awful. They were idiots the whole flight. I think the stewards confiscated about ten bottles of vodka from them.”

“In fact they all should’ve been taken off in my opinion.”

“The stewardess had said she would get them thrown off by police, so when police just left I felt that was unfair on the crew as this lot obviously then thought they could get away with anything.”"

Other passengers on the plane, which included families with children, were forced to use the toilets at the front of the plane, as the group of 30 hooligans turned the rear end of the plane into a no-go zone.

They reportedly drank spirits, jumped on seats, swore, shouted and threatened crew and passengers.

Black recalled the scene: “There was one guy in particular who was singling out one of the stewardesses.”

“He was walking behind her when she was doing the drinks trolley and was pretending to have sex with her.”

“One steward, who was trying to defend the female staff, was squared up to and it seemed like he was going to be punched.”

“It could just suddenly flare up, you just don’t know.””

The Ryanair cabin crew asked passengers to act as witnesses, as they intended reporting the behavior of the group of hooligans on their return.

The flight took a grueling three hours and on arrival at Ibiza Airport, Spanish Civil Guard police removed and detained five of the individuals.

Ryanair, stressing that safety was their key concern, has since officially apologized to passengers on the flight. In a statement, Ryanair’s head of communications Robin Kiely said: “Ryanair crew operating flight FR694 requested police assistance on arrival at Ibiza airport after a group of passengers became disruptive in-flight.”

“Police removed and detained a number of individuals from the aircraft before other passengers disembarked.”

“Ryanair sincerely apologize to other passengers for any inconvenience caused but the safety of our passengers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority. This is now a matter for the police.””

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/356061#ixzz2bbQaPpmt

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Ryanair: Secrets from the Cockpit. Channel 4, Monday 12th August

Ryanair, the World’s Most Hated Airline, are featured once again this coming Monday night in a Channel 4 Dispatches documentary titled “Ryanair, Secrets from the Cockpit”.

“I don’t know if people realised how close to the edge they were…”

Intriguing. Make sure you tune in or Sky+ it!

Dispatches is Channel 4′s award-winning investigative current affairs programme.

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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 delay leaves passengers sweating

Ryanair, the World’s Most Hated Airline, kept passengers on board a plane for two hours in temperatures of 38 degrees due to a delay and the airline not activating cooling systems, according to a story on http://www.lavanguardia.com

The passengers, some of whom look like they are either collapsing, or about to, are caught on this film shot by one of them. Not very nice at all by the looks of it. One wonders why Ryanair are so intent on treating passengers so badly. Turn on the air-con! There is also the presumption that water was not handed out unless paid for at £5 per bottle.

 

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