A Croatia Airlines pilot who couldn't close his aircraft door ended up rubbing butter on the latch to force it shut last week, according to press stories in Croatia.
Butter was reportedly used to close the forward door on the carrier’s Dash 8 Q400 on a flight to Istanbul, according to aviation news site Ex-Yu
Passengers observed as the pilot and cabin crew
smeared butter over the latch which wouldn’t close properly. The aircraft landed safely in Istanbul where the problem was fixed. The jet passed all technical requirements for its return flight to the Croatian capital Zagreb.
A report in Balkans.com Business News says that the captain wrote an email to the airline's tech department saying: "I suggest you add additional butter on all of our flights in case we are forced to use it again to fix the door."
"Since we had problems closing the door, after a few minutes we thought of using olive oil, but realised it was too expensive and went for the butter instead.
"After the door was buttered it all went smoothly from there on so I would suggest stocking up on more butter on our flights."
Croatia Airlines has a spotless safety record and the airline says passengers were never at risk on this flight. An internal investigation into the incident is being carried out.
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