Posted: November 14th, 2015
A flight attendant, who works with Aer Lingus, has gone to Dublin’s High Court with her claim for compensation for injuries she sustained during a landing.
The incident occurred when Cassandra Reddin was working on a flight from Malaga to Dublin on the 19th November 2009. During the descent into Dublin Airport, the Airbus 320 began swaying from side-to-side, and upon hitting the tarmac the aircraft bounced and took longer than usual to stop.
The roughness of the landing had jolted the overhead lockers, where hand-held luggage is stored during the flight, to open and fall on top of frightened passengers, who had begun screaming with terror. Ms Reddin, from Ratoath in Co. Meath, told Mr Justice Michael Hanna in the High Court that “Safety documents shot out of their pockets; duty free broke in the overhead baggage and alcohol leaked into the cabin. There was a degree of chaos and stress on board.”
Ms Reddin informed the court that the violent landing had caused her emotional and physical trauma, saying that she was shocked into crying the entire evening upon returning home. Additionally, she claimed that she had suffered injuries similar to those seen in whiplash to her back and neck. As such, she sought legal counsel before she decided to make her claim for compensation against her employer, Aer Lingus.
The company refuted the claim, contesting her claim that the rate of landing was three of four times faster than what it should have been. They also disputed her claim that the co-pilot was negligent in his duties, saying that he did not fail to oversee the landing. When Ms Reddin applied to the Injuries Board for compensation, Aer Lingus did not give their permission for the assessment to proceed.
The case will now proceed to the Four Courts.