French officials impound Ryanair jet before takeoff
Storms, strikes, computer failures – you can now add “your plane has been seized by the government” to the list of things that can delay your flight.
In France, 149 passengers were preparing to take off for London late Thursday when French authorities ordered their Ryanair Boeing 737 impounded.
The budget carrier owed money and it was “regrettable that the state was forced” to evacuate the plane, the civil aviation authority said.
The multimillion-dollar jet was released only after Ryanair paid a bill of 525,000 euros ($610,000).