Ryanair passengers asking why their flight was delayed for eight hours were stunned when a crew member explained: “We don’t want to die.”

The bizarrely honest announcement was made over the intercom as the Dublin-bound flight was stranded on the runway at Glasgow.

One flyer, Ella Ryan, was so shocked at the explanation she posted video of it to social media.
"We don't want to die."

In the clip, a female crew member tells passengers: “The captain cannot take off when we have ice on the wings, and we don’t want to die.”

People can then be heard laughing and jeering, with one shouting: “We don’t want to f***ing die man.”

On her Instagram page Ella wrote: “This is what happens when you’ve been delayed almost 8 hours, everyone’s at a lost including staff ‘we don’t want to die’ absolute mayhem.”

She added: “All hell was breaking loose when a member of staff made this outrageous announcement.”

Ella told how the disturbing message “only fueled the already anxious and angry passengers.”

She also revealed passengers were “continuously receiving inconsistent reasons for the delay” and were only given a $7.20 voucher.

Ryanair said: “We will be speaking to the crew member involved and apologize for the regrettable comment she made in the heat of the moment.”

This story originally appeared on news.com.au.