Thursday 8 December 2016

Mother-of-two cancelled 40th birthday party after bottle from overhead locker on Ryanair plane hit her

Published 25/02/2016 | 17:43

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.

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Mother of two, 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.

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

Ms Fox had just returned for a few days in Rome and had landed at Dublin Airport when the accident happened on March 24, 2015.

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

She said she was sitting on Row 24 on an aisle seat and talking to her husband after the flight, which had been delayed leaving Rome, had landed and came to a halt.

She said a passenger jumped up to get his bag from the overhead locker and she was commenting on that when a 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 the bottle may have fallen out when the man moved his bag , but the bottle did not belong to him.

Ms Fox said she later suffered "whoppers" of headaches and had black eyes for a couple of days.

"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.  She found it difficult studying for her psychiatric nursing exams in college.

Mr Justice Bernard Barton, who will next week put a figure on the level of damages, said Ms Fox has been left with a scar, while not a significant disfiguring scar, is discernible.

He said for all the conversation in our society about equality, the fact remains that external appearance, such as the face, remains a matter of significance mainly for women rather than men and there was nothing surprising about that.

The case resumes next Tuesday.

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