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Ryanair Plane Damages Tail on Rolling Into Rome Building

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June 5 (Bloomberg) -- Ryanair Holdings Plc said a Boeing Co. 737-800 short-haul aircraft struck a building after being parked up following a flight to Italy, damaging its tail.

Europe’s largest discount airline has asked ground-handling agent Groundcare why the plane wasn’t properly secured, it said in a statement today. The twin-engine aircraft has been removed from service while the horizontal part of its tail is replaced.

“The parked and unoccupied aircraft rolled back and made contact with a remote building, damaging its rear stabilizer,” Ryanair spokesman Robin Kiely said in an e-mailed statement.

Photographs from Rome Ciampino airport show damage to the starboard part of the stabilizer, with the elevator -- which controls the plane’s pitch during flight -- crushed. The 737 should return to service “shortly,” Ryanair said.

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