Tuesday 28 February 2017

Bottle hits Ryanair passenger on flight

Tim Healy

Victoria Fox struck on face by plastic bottle which was knocked from overhead luggage on Ryanair flight. (PIC: COURTPIX).
Victoria Fox struck on face by plastic bottle which was knocked from overhead luggage on Ryanair flight. (PIC: COURTPIX).

A woman is suing Ryanair after she was left with a scar on her nose when a bottle from an overhead locker fell and hit her.

Victoria Fox told the High Court she had to cancel her 40th birthday party celebrations after she was left with a wound on her nose and black bruising around her eyes in the incident last year.

The mother of two, from Primrose Street, Ringsend, Dublin, said a whole week of events around her birthday had to be cancelled as a result of the accident.

Liability has been conceded and the case is before the court for assessment of damages.

Ms Fox was returning from Rome on March 24, 2015, and was sitting in an aisle seat on Row 24 when the accident happened as the plane landed at Dublin Airport.

She said a passenger jumped up to get his bag from the overhead locker when a glass bottle of duty-free dislodged and fell hitting her in the face.

"The bottle came straight down and hit me in the face. I let out a scream. There was blood all over my head," she said.

Ms Fox said the bottle may have fallen out when the man moved his bag, but the bottle did not belong to him. She later suffered "whoppers" of headaches and had black eyes for a couple of days, she said.

"It was embarrassing I was super-conscious of how I looked," she said.

She had been told to expect headaches but did not expect them to be so prolonged or severe and had found it difficult studying for her psychiatric nursing exams in college.

The case resumes next Tuesday before Mr Justice Bernard Barton, who will decide damages.

Irish Independent

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