A plane landed so hard that when it hit the runway it bounced three times, duty free liquor smashed in overhead lockers and poured onto the heads of screaming passengers.
That’s the testimony of Aer Lingus cabin crew member Cassandra Reddin, who was on a flight from Malaga in November 2009 that allegedly landed so heavily that she thought “we were all dead”.
Her claim against the airline is being heard in Ireland’s High Court in Dublin.
She is suing Aer Lingus, claiming to have suffered back and neck injuries when the plane allegedly landed in a violent fashion because it descended too fast.
Redding told the court said she thought the plane wouldn’t stop and would run right off the runway.
“I thought we were all dead, that the aeroplane was not going to stop. I was shaking,” she said.
Aer Lingus denies all the claims.
Reddin’s counsel in the case has told the court the downward force generated during the landing was consistent with a wholly inappropriate and excessive rate of descent.
He said it would have been easer for the pilot to go around and make another attempt to land, whereas instead the landing produced “a degree of chaos and stress on board”.
Reddin claims she suffered soft tissue neck and back injury and whiplash and later had nightmares. Her lawyer told the court that one second before touchdown, the rate of descent was three to four times what it should have been.
The case continues.
Written by Peter Needham