Toilet Trouble Forces U-Turn on Plumber-Packed Flight

'We didn't risk sending a plumber to work at 10K meters'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2018 8:41 AM CST
Toilet Trouble Forces U-Turn on Plumber-Packed Flight
This 2010 photos shows coach restroom inside a Boeing 787 in Everett, Wash.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

If the toilet had been on solid ground, it likely would've been fixed in a jiffy. But there was no quick fix for the toilet trouble that plagued a Norwegian flight over the weekend—despite scores of plumbers being on board. After departing Oslo, Norway, for Munich, Germany, on Saturday, a Boeing 737 carrying roughly 85 plumbing tradesmen—all but 20 employed by the same plumbing company—had to do a U-turn at the Swedish border because of a toilet issue, reports the Independent.

"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 10,000 meters," a plumber aboard the flight says, per the Independent. Another saw "good humor" in the situation. The problem was eventually rectified back in Oslo without the plumbers' help. The flight then departed again for Munich, arriving about 3.5 hours later than scheduled, per the Telegraph. (This remains one of the craziest toilet stories Newser has covered.)

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