A woman slipped, bashed her chin and injured her knee during an Emirates fight from Perth as she went to the aid of a passenger who had become lodged in one of the plane’s toilets, a lawsuit alleges.
A report in the West Australian says the plaintiff claims she slipped on a blanket and injured her knee mid-flight while trying to help a person stuck in a toilet.
Marie Hobbs is suing the airline for unspecified damages over the incident in August 2013 that left her with “permanent and continuing disabilities”, the newspaper reported.
A writ filed in the Supreme Court of Western Australia alleges that Hobbs was asleep on a flight from Perth to Dubai when another passenger became stuck in the toilet. It seems the trapped person may have been beating on the walls or door for assistance, for Hobbs claims she was woken by knocking noises.
She got up to help the trapped person when airline staff did not come to their aid, according to the writ.
“Unbeknown to the plaintiff a blanket wrapped in a plastic bag had fallen on to the floor of the aircraft,” the writ says.
“Her left foot landed on the bag which moved suddenly beneath her weight, causing her left leg to give way and her chin to strike the seat in front of her.”
The impact caused bruising, cuts to the chin and injuries including a torn anterior cruciate ligament, fractures and cartilage tears in her left knee, the lawsuit alleges.
The writ says Hobbs required medical treatment and experienced loss and damages as a result of her injuries, and her economic loss will continue.
An Emirates spokeswoman told the West Australian it would be inappropriate to comment on the case while it was before the courts, adding that “the safety of our passengers and crew is of utmost importance and will not be compromised”.
The paper said Hobbs had declined to make any comment.
Written by Peter Needham