Airplane Caught In Duct-Taped Window Shocker

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200 passengers got the shock of their lives when their plane was forced to do a U-turn and head straight back to the airport after their pilot's window, which had been 'patched up' with duct tape, came loose.


Apparently the mental-underachievers in the Ryanair maintenance crew thought that just taping the window down on a jetliner would be a good idea. But according to the Irish Aviation Authority the tape was there just as a precaution to secure a new window seal. One passenger 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."

I'm surprised Ryanair didn't call the tape a 'cost-saving measure', or indeed charge the customers more for the thrill. [The Sun via Aol via Gizmodo UK]

Update: Many readers have pointed out that it was most likely "speed tape" used to patch the window up, which is reportedly stronger stuff than your average duct tape. We can only go on what was reported at the source (in this case, The Sun - not the bastion of facts, as you're all aware).

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One thing you have to know about Ryanair is that they don't own the planes they fly.

They rent everyone of their planes (apparently cheaper that way), in that way servicing and keeping the planes fresh is none of Ryanair's problem. Their mission is to take passengers from A to B.

So you can't blame Ryanair for this, rather blame the company they're renting their planes from for hiring shitty service for their planes. In one way Ryanair is to blame, but servicing the planes is someone else's business. Not theirs.