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article imageFive people injured on Ryanair flight from Dublin to Spain

By Anne Sewell     Jun 26, 2014 in Travel
Dublin - Ryanair is getting bad press yet again, as five people on board a flight from Dublin to the city of Reus in Catalonia, Spain were injured when severe turbulence "catapulted" them from their seats.
The low-cost airline always seems to be in the news these days, and not in a good way it seems.
Making light of the incident, a statement from the airline said that only two passengers and three Ryanair cabin crew members suffered minor cuts and bruises when the plane hit severe turbulence en route to Spain.
However, the Irish daily The Journal has since had the opportunity to interview some of the people on board and they claim that passengers literally hit the ceiling as they were “catapulted from their seats” by the turbulence.
Reportedly, what caused the incident was the fact that the aircraft dipped at a 60-degree angle and passengers' belongings and bags were thrown in all directions inside the plane.
The Journal reported on Wednesday that apparently one of the injured passengers is awaiting an air ambulance back to Ireland to undergo surgery on her neck.
One passenger told The Journal, “Eventually the pilot made an announcement, saying he was unaware the turbulence was so strong."
“We were absolutely terrified as the plane pitched aggressively roughly over a 60 degree angle throwing debris all over the plane," they added.
The Journal added that after chatting with several fellow passengers and an injured air hostess, no one on the plane has experienced this level of fear while flying before.
According to other parties on the plane, there were scenes of sheer panic, especially when a stewardess ran down the aisle, asking urgently if there were any doctors or nurses on board. This led the already nervous passengers to think that the pilot himself had been injured.
Regrettably there were no medical professionals on board the flight and it was left to the passengers themselves to use plastic bags and tissues as first aid on each other, as according to cabin crew only doctors have access to the on-board first aid kit.
A passenger told The Journal that, "It was a horrendous experience and I totally believe that at least one member of the cabin crew should have basic first aid training and also a standard first aid kit should be made available.”
On Ryanair's part, they responded by saying that their cabin crew are proficient in first aid:
“All Ryanair crew are proficient in basic first aid training and all our aircraft carry first aid equipment in line with EU regulation. In this instance the captain called ahead to request the Reus ambulance service to meet the aircraft on arrival.”
For the passengers, this may have been too little, too late for their comfort.
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