Ryanair ‘erased black box’ on Sweden landing

Irish low cost airline Ryanair deleted the data from the black box of an aircraft involved in an emergency landing at Skavsta Airport near Stockholm in 2011, according to an official report into the incident.

Ryanair 'erased black box' on Sweden landing

“On this occasion it (the investigation) went fine without the recordings but on another occasion perhaps it would not. It is unfortunate if data disappears,” Stefan Christiansson at the Swedish Accident Investigation Authority (Statens Haverikommission) told the local Södermanlands Nyheter daily.

The report indicates that someone within the company made ​​sure that the information never reached the responsible investigators.

The plane, a Boeing 737 en route to Paris with 179 people on board, suffered electrical failure in late April 2011. It therefore had to return to the airport outside Nyköping and make an emergency landing.

The Accident Investigation Authority classified the landing as a serious incident.

Analysis shows that both the voice recording from the cockpit and the flight data had been erased and the investigation was instead based on interviews with the pilots.

Ryanair responded however that it sees not untoward regarding the incident.

“The audio recording was restarted by a technician who sought to remedy the electrical failure following a decision by our technical department. They did not consider it necessary to preserve the recording,” the airline’s communications manager Robin Kiely told the newspaper.

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Ryanair flights grounded as pilots strike

Ryanair's pilots in Sweden went on strike on August 10th, with several flights cancelled at Skavsta.

Ryanair flights grounded as pilots strike
Ryanair flights cancelled on Friday at Skavsta Airport. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

Pilots in Ireland, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands also joined the 24-hour strike over demands for a collective labour agreement and better working conditions and representation.

In Sweden, around 40 Ryanair pilots were striking until midnight between Friday and Saturday.

“Today our members are on strike to demand their rights. For decades Ryanair has refused their employees basic labour rights most employees on the labour market take for granted, but here a strike is necessary to show the airline that it no longer can avoid treating its employees in a dignified manner,” Martin Lindgren, President of the Swedish Pilots' Union, said in a statement.

Twenty-two flights which were due to depart or travel to Skavsta Airport south of Stockholm on Friday.

The airport usually welcomes around 700 travellers for the first few departures of the day, but on Friday morning the building was almost completely empty, news agency TT reported.

“We want to again apologize to customers affected by this unnecessary disruption and we ask the striking unions to continue negotiations instead of calling anymore unjustified strikes,” tweeted Ryanair.

Compensation can be claimed for some cancelled flights but it varies and depends on how much information was given in advance. For journeys under 1500km a maximum of €250 can be claimed (or €400 for flights between 1500 and 3,000km), but in the event that the airline directly warned passengers of their flight cancellation with 15 days' notice, there is no right to request economic compensation. More information can be found here