'I thought we were all dead,' says flight attendant suing Aer Lingus
A flight attendant thought "we were all dead" when an aircraft allegedly bounced three times as it landed, the High Court heard.
Aer Lingus cabin crew member Cassandra Reddin was on a flight from Malaga to Dublin in November 2009 when the alleged heavy landing occurred.
Ms Reddin (33), of Woodlands Manor, Ratoath, Co Meath, said passengers were screaming, duty free in overhead baggage smashed and alcohol poured out.
She is suing Aer Lingus, claiming she suffered back and neck injuries when the plane, it is claimed, landed in a heavy, dramatic fashion with an alleged inappropriate and excessive rate of descent.
She said she thought the plane was not going to stop and would go off the runway.
"I thought we were all dead, that the aeroplane was not going to stop. I was shaking," she said.
Aer Lingus denies all the claims.
Opening Ms Reddin's case, Finbar Fox SC said the downward force generated during the landing was consistent with a wholly inappropriate and excessive rate of descent.
"There was a degree of chaos and stress on board," he said. The "simple option" would have been for the pilot to go around and have another try at landing.
It was claimed that with one second before touchdown, the rate of descent was three to four times what it should have been.
Ms Reddin claims she suffered soft tissue neck and back injury and whiplash and later had nightmares.
The case continues.