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Dutch ask Irish government for answers on safety standards at Ryanair

Saturday 29 December 2012

Junior transport minister Wilma Mansveld has asked the Irish government to clarify reports that airline Ryanair is ordering pilots to fly with as little fuel as possible, Nos television reported on Saturday.

Ryanair flies to a wide range of destinations from Dutch airports Eindhoven, Maastricht and Eelde.

Current affairs show Reporter on Friday featured four pilots who claimed they had been forced to fly with as little fuel as possible in order to save on costs.

The Irish government is responsible for controlling safety standards at Ryanair, a spokesman for Mansveld is quoted as saying by Nos. The minister has also asked for a copy of an Irish report into Ryanair.

Own investigation

Depending on the outcome of these inquiries, Mansveld will decide whether or not to start her own probe into safety standards at the airline. The Dutch pilots’ association has called for such an investigation.

Reporter said three Ryanair flights have been forced to make an emergency landing in Valencia because they did not have enough fuel.

In her reaction to the claims, Mansveld points out that the three incidents have already been investigated and no further action was considered necessary.

The four pilots told the show there is a ‘deeply rooted culture of fear’ at Ryanair. Other former officials described the company as a dictatorship.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Passengers boarding a London-to-Latvia flight were startled to see two workers repairing a crack in the cockpit windscreen with sticky tape. The makeshift remedy lasted all of 20 minutes after takeoff. Then the patch peeled away and the window began vibrating loudly. Passengers panicked as the plane turned back to its point of origin. Ryanair’s official response: “We do not comment on routine technical issues.” Source: The Globe and Mail (Canada).

By Puck | 29 December 2012 4:53 PM

Dutch ask Irish government for answers on safety standards at Ryanair. Please “don’t rock the boat” with stupid questions. The Irish are most dangerous when they think.

By Terence Hale | 29 December 2012 5:58 PM

That is really sad to hear that Ryanair would put its passengers in danger. I for one have never used Ryanair and don't intend to in the future.

By dee | 30 December 2012 12:30 PM

I am still surprised that there are still some that believe that they treat their pilots/staff better than their customers. Low Buget has its price.

By Ima Knurd | 30 December 2012 3:59 PM

That's outstanding, Ryanair - save a few euros by landing with only vapour left in the tanks. Trust that you're not ordered to circle a few times while put in a holding pattern, or encounter stiffer than expected winds on the way. Every penny saved makes the CEO that bit happier, which is good for everyone - right?

But don't overdo it - a couple of very hard, unscheduled landings can be _really_ bad for the bottom line.

By glenn_uk | 31 December 2012 3:04 AM

Dear Wilma,

Thank you so much - I've been saying it for years - but it doesn't matter any longer as I cannot use planes now.

Ryanair - the airline that only seemed to employ 'ex-carrier-fighter-pilots' who come in so fast to land, to save time & money, that it's a hard controlled Crash Landing. I lost most of the sensation in my legs last time I used their crazy service and struggled to walk due to the crushing forces on my spine during the landing. Once on a flight to Venice it was a 'Bang' Landing and Screeching Smoking tyres half way down the runway!!!

Thanks again,

Best Regards,

By Gerard | 31 December 2012 9:58 AM

People like sensationalism. All these posters are likely to know little about Ryanair or aviation legislation and practices.

Ryanair have an exemplary safety record that is no accident. Their excellent training, particularly for flight crew is widely recognised around the world. Airlines such as Emirates, BA and Virgin Atlantic, just to name a few, have all recruited great numbers of flight crew from Ryanair. This tells you a lot regarding standards.

For the regulators to have already examined the mentioned incidents and found no grounds for further action should tell you everything. There is always two sides to a story, or an ulterior motive.

I for one will continue flying Ryanair, they are safe, punctual, and operate modern new aircraft.

By Joe Blogs | 1 January 2013 9:38 AM

Joe Blogs, I could not have put it more succinctly myself. Here here, well said.

By A Pilot | 1 January 2013 6:54 PM

We wouldn't want you guys to lose your jobs with Ryanair right Blogs and pilot guy????

By Neo | 1 January 2013 7:25 PM

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