[Daily Mail] Budget airline Ryanair has been ordered to ‘review’ the amount of fuel it carries after three of its planes – including one from the UK - were forced to make ‘Mayday’ emergency landings in Spain when they started to run out .
The airline was operating with a level of fuel that was ‘close to the minimum’ required in the case of a diversion, they said.
One of the three affected planes was heading from Stansted Airport to Madrid when the diversions and emergency landings occurred at Valencia on July 26 this year.
The Irish Aviation Authority Report noted: ‘All three aircraft declared an Emergency (Mayday) when the calculated useable fuel on landing at Valencia was less than the final reserve.’
The watchdogs accept that all three Ryanair planes left for Madrid ‘with fuel in excess of Flight plan requirements’ and also with fuel ‘in excess of the minimum diversion fuel’ required, so remained strictly within the rules.
However, the IAA also noted: ‘Diverting with fuel close to the minimum diversion fuel in the circumstances presented on the evening in question was likely to present challenges for the crew.’
It has also questioned whether the current fuel limit rules give passenger jets enough latitude land safely in the event of a diversion from Madrid – and asked Spanish aviation chiefs to look at them again.
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21st Sept, 2012