Passenger who left Ryanair flight by emergency door is homeless and unlikely to pay £40k fine

Gerard Couzens
Romuald Graczyk was seen leaving the Ryanair plane through the emergency door and climbing onto the wing - Fernando del Valle Villalobos

The passenger who tried to leave a Ryanair plane by opening an emergency exit and climbing onto the wing is unlikely to be able to pay a possible £40,000 fine because he is homeless and has no fixed abode, it emerged on Wednesday.

Romuald Graczyk, 57, told police he took the drastic step because he was “stressed” at the long wait.

He is understood to have feared he would suffer an asthma attack if he did not get out of the plane as soon as possible after it landed at Malaga Airport..

After being removed from the Ryanair flight he told police officers he felt he had been “pushed to the limit” by a long delay at Stansted Airport and the wait to get off the aircraft after it landed in the Costa del Sol capital.

Malaga Airport Guardia Civil chief Miguel Sanchez said Mr Graczyk, 57, could now could face a £40,000 fine for his air security breach.

But the fine may be difficult to enforce, as it emerged yesterday that Mr Graczyk’s last known address is a homeless hostel.

Mr Graczyk left the plane via the emergency exit after delay in disembarking at Malaga Airport Credit: Reuters

The Polish national, who is believed to have spent Christmas in the UK, gave police the address of the hostel in Malaga run by Roman Catholic charity Caritas, even though it later emerged he has not been living there for around a year.

He did not supply them with any telephone number, meaning that authorities may have problems even finding him when they try to notify him of the fine they have eventually decided on.

Another passenger on Ryanair flight FR8164, which landed late in Malaga just after 11pm on Monday, said Mr Graczyk was suffering an asthma attack and needed air.

Raj Mistry, who was sitting next to the man on the plane reportedly said: “He told me he suffers from asthma. He got up all of a sudden and decided to leave. I don’t blame him.

“If a plane is at a standstill for over 30 minutes and you have no freedom and a health condition, you are bound to do something.”

Fellow passenger Fernando del Valle Villalobos, who got out his phone to record the dramatic moment Mr Graczyk exited the packed plane, said: “He told the pilot he had acted the way he did because he felt stressed at having to wait so long inside the plane once we had landed without any explanation as to why we were waiting.

“We left Stansted about an hour late and were kept waiting inside the plane after we landed for another half an hour.”

Mr Sanchez, denying Ryanair’s insistence Mr Graczyk had been arrested following the incident just before midnight on Monday, confirmed: “He told us he felt stressed at the delay in London and the long wait in leaving the plane after it landed.

“Deciding to leave the plane the way he did is not a reaction that’s understandable in a normal person but it apparently sparked that reaction in him.”

He added: “We got the call from Ryanair cabin crew and sent officers out immediately. He was no longer on the wing of the plane when we reached it.

“Officers boarded the plane and found him sat down. He seemed calm and wasn’t at all aggressive.

“We identified him and took him to the airport police office so he could be informed he was being reported for a breach of the law covering airport security.

“He wasn’t arrested because no damage had been done and no-one was in danger.

“The Spanish Aviation Safety and Security Agency (AESA) are the state body which has to decide the size of the fine but the maximum fine is Euros 45,000 (£40,000) and my feeling is that this breach will be considered as one of the more serious types.”

Sources confirmed Mr Grayczk had given police the same address as a homeless hostel - Hogar Pozo Dulce in Malaga - where he has apparently not been living for the past year.

He is not believed to have left them a telephone number because it is thought he does not own a mobile phone.

Hogar Pozo Dulce is run by the Catholic Church’s official organisation in Spain for charity and social relief.

A source at the hostel said: “He seemed nice enough but seemed pretty private. Everyone who comes here has very little resources but I didn’t know his life story. There were never any problems while he was here.”

The reason for Mr Graczyk’s visit to the UK has not been made clear.

A Ryanair spokesman said: “This airport security breach occurred after landing in Malaga on January 1.

“Malaga airport police immediately arrested the passenger in question and since this was a breach of Spanish safety and security regulations, it is being dealt with by the Spanish authorities.”

In August 2016 a Bolivian-born Spanish immigrant made headlines after being filmed sprinting across a runway to catch his flight, mistakenly thinking he was just about to miss it.

Fast food worker Cesar Saucedo, 24, jumped off a disconnected jet bridge at Madrid Airport and dashed towards a plane preparing to take off.

He managed to make his flight to the holiday island of Gran Canaria but was intercepted by police when he reached his destination.