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Plane full of plumbers diverted due to toilet trouble

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Ben Hooper
A Norwegian flight from Oslo to Germany was diverted due to a broken toilet, despite having 85 plumbers on board the plane. Photo by Katherine Welles/Shutterstock.com
A Norwegian flight from Oslo to Germany was diverted due to a broken toilet, despite having 85 plumbers on board the plane. Photo by Katherine Welles/Shutterstock.com

Jan. 31 (UPI) -- A Norway-to-Germany flight had to turn around for a toilet issue -- despite having 85 plumbers on board.

The Norwegian Flight DY1156 from Oslo to Munich took off at 8:28 a.m. local time Saturday morning and climbed to 33,000 feet before turning around at the Swedish border.

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"Flight DY1156 from Oslo to Munich on Saturday Jan. 27 returned to Oslo due to a technical fault with the toilet," a Norwegian representative told The Telegraph. "The aircraft was repaired and continued with the flight later that day."

The situation was made more unusual by the plane's passengers -- 85 plumbers.

"We would have liked to fix the restrooms, but unfortunately it had to be done from the outside and we did not take the opportunity to send a plumber [out] at 10,000 meters," Frank Olsen, a passenger and CEO of plumbing company Rorkjop, told Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet.

"There was a good atmosphere in the plane, what with the irony about the broken toilets," he said.

Fellow passengers agreed it was a humorous situation.

"So many plumbers on a plane and it has to turn around because of toilet trouble -- there's good humor in that," plumber Hans Christian Odegard said.

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The flight eventually arrived in Munich three and a half hours behind schedule.

"We would like to thank passengers for their patience and would like to apologize for the inconvenience," the Norwegian representative said.

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