Airplane packed with plumbers aborts flight over toilet trouble

A Norwegian airliner was forced to abort its flight to Germany because of broken toilets – despite having 85 plumbers aboard, according to reports.

The Norwegian Airlines plane took off from Oslo on Saturday morning bound for Munich, but the flight went down the drain when the potty problems erupted after 20 minutes, the International Business Times reported.

The army of plumbers couldn’t get a crack at the toilets and get a handle on the problem.

“We would have liked to fix the restrooms, but unfortunately it had to be done from the outside and we did not take the opportunity to send a plumber [out] at 10,000 meters,” Frank Olsen, CEO of plumbing company Rørkjøp, which had 65 workers aboard, told Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet.

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

Hans Christian Ødegård, a plumber from Ulstein, another company, added: “So many plumbers on a plane and it has to turn around because of toilet trouble – there’s good humor in that,” according to the Independent of the UK.

The Boeing 737 then circled four times over over Hedmark, north of Oslo, to dump fuel before landing an hour later, the UK’s Telegraph reported.

Norwegian engineers at Oslo Gardermoen fixed the toilets before the plane departed again for Munich and arrived 3 1/2 hours late.

“We would like to thank passengers for their patience and would like to apologize for the inconvenience,” the airline said in a statement.



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