Sunday 28 May 2017

Flight attendant 'struck by hurtling suitcase'

Injured: Aer Lingus cabin crew member Jean Nolan. Courtpix
Injured: Aer Lingus cabin crew member Jean Nolan. Courtpix
Kate Doyle: suitcase toppled down airport escalator. Courtpix

Tim Healy

A flight attendant who claims she was injured when a suitcase toppled down an airport escalator has settled her High Court action against the Dublin Airport Authority.

Jean Nolan (57), who works for Aer Lingus, was in Terminal 2 when she heard a shout and a case came hurtling down the escalator behind her and struck her, the court heard.

She sued the DAA and the case's owner Kate Doyle, Kitestown, Crossabeg, Co Wexford, as a result of injuries she allegedly received on May 3, 2011.

The legal action was due to resume when Mr Justice Kevin Cross was told it had been settled against the DAA and could be struck out.

Bruce Antoniotti SC asked the court to note the settlement was based on a 40pc payout to Ms Nolan.

Mr Justice Cross congratulated all parties for reaching a settlement.

Ms Nolan, of Castle Cove, Malahide, Dublin, was out of work for 10 weeks after the accident and later had to have a hip operation, the court heard. It was also claimed she suffered post-traumatic stress disorder.

The DAA and Ms Doyle have denied all claims.

Signs for lifts at Terminal 2 have been modified. Escalators now have a barrier to stop bags being carried on, the court also heard.

Irish Independent

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