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Sixty plumbers can’t fix Norwegian’s toilets

An aircraft carrying plumbers on a working trip from Oslo to Munich is forced to turn back.

A flight to Munich was forced to return to Oslo because the toilets were not working – even though 60 qualified plumbers were on board, The Local reports.

The flight departed the Norwegian capital at the weekend but was forced to turn around over the Skagerrak Strait to fly north again, circle a few times, and finally land back in Oslo.

“It is correct that DY1156 from Oslo bound for Munich was forced to turn back to Oslo because a fault was found with the toilets on board,” Fatima Elkadi, communications officer at Norwegian, confirmed to the newspaper Dagbladet.

“The aircraft circled over Hedmark to burn fuel so that it wasn’t too heavy to land.”

A further turn in the story emerged when the newspaper flushed out the information that 85 people from Norway’s plumbing industry had been on board, including 60 plumbers from the company Rørkjøp, travelling as part of a working trip.

“So many plumbers on an aircraft and it has to turn back due to toilet trouble. That’s enough to make you laugh,” admitted Hans Christian Ødegård, a plumber from Ulstein Group who was on the flight.

Exterior work
The rest of the passengers also took the situation with good humour, Rørkjøp CEO Frank Olsen told Dagbladet.

“We’d have gladly fixed the toilets, but unfortunately it has to be done from the outside and we didn’t want to take a chance on sending out a plumber at 10,000 metres’ altitude,” he said.

Fortunately, the passengers were reassigned to another flight leaving that same day.

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