News Plane incidents — 30 November 2017

The video, captured on Tuesday from the inside the airplane at Amsterdam’s airport runaway, shows the man sticking what the airline claimed was “high speed metallic tape” along the top of the turbine.

“[During] the flight, the duct tape got slightly loose and rolled backwards due to the speed,” the person who recorded the video wrote online.

The pilot checked the fix was still good by switching on the lights mid flight, the witness claimed.

Whilst disembarking the plane, the turbine that was still moving due to strong winds was reportedly making a ticking noise.

“It really seems that the tape was there for mechanical reasons and not just for the looks,” the witness added.

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“Also, it seemed that the flight did not take place at full height.”

In a statement, EasyJet said: “EasyJet occasionally uses this high speed metallic tape, which is always used in accordance with the approved aircraft manuals and repair processes, and in no way compromises the safety of the aircraft.

“The safety and wellbeing of passengers and crew is always EasyJet’s priority.”

The incident comes two years after an airport worker was photographed applying a similar tape to an EasyJet engine shell shortly before departure.

Despite its resemblance to duct tape, speed tape is an aluminium pressure-sensitive tape is used to do minor repairs on aircraft and racing cars.

The heavy-duty material is often used for temporary fixes until a more permanent repair can be carried out and used widely in the aviation industry to avoid delays.

While its appearance is similar to duct tape, speed tape is actually capable of sticking to an airplane fuselage or wing at high speeds.

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