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.