An Aer Lingus aircraft landed
so hard that when it hit the runway it bounced 3 times, causing duty free
liquor to smash in overhead lockers and pour onto the heads of screaming
That’s the lurid testimony of
EI cabin crew member Cassandra Reddin, who was working a flight from AGP in
November 2009 that allegedly landed so heavily that she thought “we were
Her claim against the airline
is being heard in Ireland’s High Court in Dublin.
Reddin, 33, says she suffered
back and neck injuries when the plane allegedly landed in a violent fashion
because it descended too fast. She also alleges that she suffers nightmares as
a result of the incident. Reddin told the court that she thought the plane
wouldn’t stop and would run right off the runway.
“I thought we were all dead,
that the airplane was not going to stop. I was shaking,” she said.
EI denies all the claims.
Reddin’s counsel told the
court the downward force generated during the landing was consistent with a
wholly inappropriate and excessive rate of descent.
He said it would have been
easier for the pilot to go around and make another attempt to land, whereas
instead the landing produced “a degree of chaos and stress on board.”