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Irish Ryanair winter sun flight forced to divert over ‘disruptive’ passenger



A DUBLIN flight heading towards Lanzarote was diverted to Morocco yesterday after a passenger became “disruptive”.

The Ryanair plane had to re-route to Agadir Al-Massira International Airport in Morocco as the disruption unravelled.


A passenger became disruptive on a Ryanair flightCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The flight was forced to divert to Agadir


The flight was forced to divert to AgadirCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Flight crew alerted Moroccan police who met the passenger on arrival.

The flight, usually 4 hrs 13 mins, was delayed due to the disturbance.

When the passenger was off-loaded, the flight continued on to Lanzarote.

The budget airline said Moroccan police are investigating.

They told the Sunday World: “This flight from Dublin to Lanzarote (Dec 6) diverted to Agadir when a passenger became disruptive onboard.

“Crew called ahead for police assistance and the aircraft was met by local police upon arrival who removed the disruptive passenger.

”The flight continued to Lanzarote following a short delay.

“This is now a matter for local police.”

Last week, Ryanair chiefs found suspected fake parts in its plane engines – making it the latest airline to become tangled in a spiralling crisis.

Bosses revealed they had found the allegedly faulty parts in two of its planes while they were checked over in Texas and Brazil.

Chief executive Michael O’Leary said the parts – thought to have come from London firm AOG Technics – have been removed.

In October it was revealed the British airline industry was frantically checking over its planes after AOG Technics was accused of supplying components with forged safety certificates.

Ryanair is the latest carrier to become caught up in the scandal – with Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines said to have already found suspect parts.

Company CEO Mr O’Leary told Bloomberg the company had never dealt with AOG, but had got the parts for two engines through third parties.

He said the company came across the components after being urged to check over their planes when accusations around AOG started swirling.

Mr O’Leary added that Ryanair was “largely unaffected” by the crisis.

AOG Technics Ltd was put under the microscope by regulators after allegedly allowing Airbus A320s and Boeing 737 models take off with fake engine parts.

Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) confirmed in October that UK airlines had bought – and flown with – pieces bought off the company.

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