A Sydney bound Jetstar flight was forced to return to Auckland airport and have a guess why.
Ok, we’ll tell you: someone left a bloody clipboard in the engine.
That’s right, a clipboard.
Turns out a ground crew member left their clipboard inside one of the engines to protect it from rain and wind then completely forgot about it.
The plane was already in the air by the time the captain was alerted, according to an Australian Transport Safety Bureau report on the incident, which occurred in October.
They worked it out after debris – little bits of the clipboard – were found on the runway after the plane took off.
Unsure of the damage to the plane’s engine, the pilot decided to turn around and head back to Auckland.
“The engine was inspected by engineers and paper was found throughout the engine.
“They also found minor damage to an engine fan blade and attrition liner,” said the ATSB report, which came out on Tuesday.
Oh boy, somebody is getting fired for this one.