06/05/2014 12:20 pm ET Updated Jun 05, 2014

Ryanair Plane Rolls Backward, Slams Into Building At Roman Airport

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It's been a year of ups and downs -- or takeoffs and landings, shall we say -- for Ryanair planes: First, their new baggage policy backfired. Then, they promised $10 flights... but with extra fees. And the situation with the grieving father? Not their finest moment.

But all was topped when a Ryanair plane rolled backward on the tarmac and slammed into a fire station at Rome's Ciampino Airport on Wednesday.

"It was surreal to watch," a bystander told the Daily Mail. "'It's a good (thing) no one was standing by... the plane would have slammed into them."

The Boeing 737 wasn't properly secured on the tarmac, officials say. The plane's 40-meter roll left it with a broken tail wing and thousands of dollars in damage. Passengers had already disembarked.

"Ryanair has asked the ground handling agent (Groundcare) to investigate why it failed to properly secure a Ryanair aircraft," an airline spokesperson told the Huffington Post in a written statement. "...the aircraft will shortly return to service."

If your next budget flight has a bruised tail, you'll know why.



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