- Pilot informed passengers the flight would be delayed for a “quick fix” to an engine
- One of the stunned passengers took a video of the engineer taping up the engine
- The airline confirmed it used “speed tape” which is designed for aeroplanes and race cars
Passengers who had boarded a flight between Amsterdam and Berlin were slightly annoyed when the plane’s pilot informed them that the flight would be slightly delayed for a “quick fix” to one of the engines.
Their annoyance very quickly changed to shock and horror as they witnessed an engineer applying what looks like tape to the engine. One of the passengers quickly grabbed his phone and recorded the repairs.
The engineer removed tape which was already in place but had started curling and rolling back after previous flights and applied shiny new tape. Passengers commented that it looked like the tape actually served a mechanical purpose and wasn’t there for cosmetic reasons.
Yen.com.gh can confirm that the engineer used specially developed and approved “speed tape” to carry out the repairs. The tape is actually quite common in the aeronautics industry and is used on planes and race cars.
A spokesperson for the airline told thesun.co.uk that the airline occasionally used speed tape which he described as being a high-speed metallic tape for non-essential repairs. He said the airline used the tape in accordance with approved maintenance and safety guidelines.
He said using the tape did not impact negatively on the safety of the plane.