A flight from Norway to Germany had to return to the departure airport due to a toilet problem: a rather ironic situation given that there were 85 plumbers on board. 

Norwegian Flight DY1156 from Oslo to Munich regularly took off and climbed to 33,000 feet before leaving the Swedish border.

Flight DY1156 from Oslo to Munich returned to Oslo due to a technical failure in the toilet,” a Norwegian representative told reporters. “The plane was then repaired and the flight continued later the same day.”

The plumbers on board, Rorkjop plumbing company, joked about the incident: “We wanted to fix the toilets, but unfortunately it had to be done from the outside and we didn’t have the opportunity to send a plumber [out] at 10,000 meters” said Frank Olsen, passenger and CEO of the company. “There was a nice atmosphere on the plane, with the irony of broken toilets,” he added.

The passengers agreed that this was a funny situation. “So many plumbers on a plane, and this has to come back due to problems with the toilet – it makes you smile,” said plumber Hans Christian Odegard.

The flight eventually arrived in Monaco three and a half hours late. “We would like to thank the passengers for their patience and we would like to apologise for the inconvenience,” said the Norwegian representative.