The irony wasn't lost on the passengers

There are some situations which are just so deliciously ironic that they could only ever happen in real life. You know, those stories which you just can’t make up.

So it was with Flight DY1156 - a plane journey which came to an abrupt halt because of an issue with the toilets, despite there being around 85 plumbers on board!

According to Norwegian communications advisor Fatima Elkadi, it was all down to a problem with the on-board toilet facilities.

Speaking to Dagbladet, she said: “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.”

Departing from Oslo Gardermoen on the morning of 27 January, the flight was forced to turn back just after reaching the Swedish border.

Most of the plumbers were employed by Norwegian plumbing company Rørkjøp. While CEO Frank Olsen appreciated the irony, the issue itself wasn’t something which could have been handled safely while the plane was in the air.

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

Another passenger said: “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 returned to Oslo the issue was soon fixed and the passengers arrived in Munich around noon. All of this of course begs the question: how many plumbers does it take to fix an aeroplane toilet?

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