‘I went into shock’: Four passengers collapse on Ryanair ‘flight from hell’

‘I don’t want to step foot on a plane ever again,’ says traumatised traveller

Helen Coffey
Monday 03 February 2020 12:56 GMT
Four passengers collapse on Ryanair flight

A passenger said he experienced the “flight from hell” after he and three other travellers collapsed during a Ryanair service from Budapest to Edinburgh.

Shaun Pinkerton, a 27-year-old garage manager, said people started fainting around an hour into the three-hour flight on 31 Jaunary.

The first person to collapse was just 17 and needed CPR, he told the Scottish Sun. Then a second person collapsed, followed by Mr Pinkerton and finally a fourth passenger, he said.

“Everyone was panicking and we still don’t really know what happened,” he said. “It makes you not want to fly again.

“It was the flight from hell.”

According to Mr Pinkerton, cabin crew got out “huge” tanks of oxygen and were in the aisles performing CPR on those who needed it.

”I was knocked out and needed an oxygen mask,” he said. “Then I went into shock and was totally shaking.“

He is demanding compensation after his traumatising experience and claims there was a fault with the aircraft.

“There was something seriously wrong with that flight, folk were worrying there wasn’t enough oxygen,” he said. ”I don’t know why they didn’t divert the plane to land sooner.”

Mr Pinkerton added that, although he’s due to travel to both Madrid and Poland in the next couple of months, the experience has seriously affected him.

“I don’t want to step foot on a plane ever again. It was like something out of a movie.”

Edinburgh Airport confirmed to The Independent that an emergency first aid request was made by the flight crew and that a team of medical staff was on hand to meet the aircraft when it landed.

“The crew of this flight from Budapest to Edinburgh (31 Jan) called ahead to request medical assistance on landing after two customers became ill onboard,” a Ryanair spokesperson told The Independent. “The aircraft landed normally and these customers were met by medics for further treatment.”

They emphasised there was no fault with the aircraft.

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