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Ground staff blamed as Ryanair plane rolls into a fire station at Rome Airport

Nobody was injured in the incident, which happened during a strike by Italian ground staff.

Updated 10.54pm

RYANAIR HAS ASKED its handling agent in Rome why a plane was left unsecured before it rolled into a fire station at Rome Ciampino airport.

Nobody was injured in the incident, which happened on Wednesday evening while Groundcare ground staff at the Italian airport were on strike.

Chocks, which are used to wedge a plane into position while parked, were left off the eight-year-old Boeing 737.

With each plane costing around $91 million, the damage is expected to cost around €200,000 to repair, but there is little chance of the plane being written off, despite media reports.

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said that the company will be seeking answers from the Italian company.

“Ryanair has asked the ground handling agent to investigate why it failed to properly secure a Ryanair aircraft at Rome Ciampino Airport on Wednesday.

“The parked and unoccupied aircraft rolled back and made contact with a remote building damaging its rear stabiliser. This is currently being replaced and the aircraft will shortly return to service.”

First published 10.18am

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