No Frills Travel | Is It Really Worth It?
The Stade Toulousain squad breathed a sigh of relief as their pilot averted a near disaster on Thursday morning. When an exit door fell off the chartered airplane they were travelling on to Bristol, ahead of their decisive Heineken Cup group match against Gloucester, the team must have thought their number was up.
The players attention should have been focused on winning the crunch match and safe passage into the Quarter Final’s. But in a bizarre twist of fate and in the homeland of aeronautics the mighty Airbus, Vincent Clerc and his team mates were subjected to the ride of their lives on an aircraft hailing from the Balkans?
Players frantically tweeted their concerns as the drama unfolded. Yannick Nyanga stated “Boarding a plane to Gloucester in a Slovak company not very reassuring. Wish us good luck …!”
However the players worst fears were confirmed when the plane door fell off shortly after take off. Vincent Clerc reported via his Twitter account “We just lost the door of the aircraft, I think we should change companies.”
The plane was then grounded following the incident and duly cancelled, much to the relief of the team. ” landing the plane! We have certainly avoided the cata …!!!” Added Clerc.
The team took off and more importantly landed successfully and safely in the UK aboard an Airbus test aircraft late on Thursday afternoon, shaken but not stirred ahead of tonight’s must win game.
By Eoin Mundow