French of­fi­cials im­pound Ryanair jet be­fore takeoff

The Island Packet - - Business -

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).

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