Plane with broken toilets U-turns – despite having 85 plumbers on board

“So many plumbers on a plane and it has to turn around because of toilet trouble – there’s good humour in that.”

Getting a plumber to work on a Saturday sounds impossible. And even if you had 85 of them, they still couldn’t fix your leaking pipes at an altitude of 10,000 metres.

- Norwegian flight with 85 plumbers on board had to be aborted for toilet issues — Nieuwland Photography / Shutterstock toilets
A Norwegian flight with 85 plumbers on board had to be aborted because of a broken toilet — Nieuwland Photography / Shutterstock

Budget airline carrier Norwegian experienced a touch of irony when their flight from Oslo to Munich had to return to the airport on Saturday because of peculiar technical issues.

According to Norwegian communications advisor Fatima Elkad, the flight was aborted after a problem with the toilets on board occurred, despite the fact that 85 of the plane’s passengers were plumbers.

“It is true that DY1156, which was to fly from Oslo to Munich, had to return to Oslo again when they found an issue with the toilets on board,” she told the Norwegian website Dagbladet.

60-70 of the plumbers present were from the company Rørkjøp. Its CEO Frank Olsen told the paper he would have liked to look into the situation himself.

“We would have liked to fix the restrooms, but unfortunately it had to be done from the outside and we didn’t risk sending a plumber to work at 10,000m,” he said.

“There was a good atmosphere in the plane, what with the irony about the broken toilets.”

One of the handymen on board, Hans Christian Ødegård, added: “So many plumbers on a plane and it has to turn around because of toilet trouble – there’s good humour in that.”

Once the plane landed in Oslo, technicians at Gardermoen airport fixed the issue quickly and the flight proceeded. The plane landed in Munich at around 12pm.

“The aircraft was repaired and continued with the flight later that day,” Elkad said.

“We would like to thank passengers for their patience and would like to apologise for the inconvenience.”