A Ryanair passenger was left needing surgery when a laptop fell on her head from the overhead locker of a plane. The woman – whose name and age are not known – was disembarking a Ryanair flight from London Stansted to Lisbon, Portugal when the incident took place. It is understood she was removing her hand luggage from the overhead locker of the aircraft. As she did so, a laptop fell out and hit the passenger on the head leaving her with a 2.5cm opening on her scalp.
A member of staff at the scene told Express.co.uk that she was lying in the aisle following the accident.
An ambulance was called to the scene as the woman was reportedly pale and unable to stand up.
The passenger “needed medical attention,” a member of staff said of the injured woman.
Flights in Lisbon were delayed by the incident. On one delayed flight back to London, the pilot – who had been called from standby – referred to the alarming incident when he addressed the passengers.
“We had a passenger who had an accident on board when a laptop fell out and she hurt her head so we spent over an hour on the ground here with paramedics trying to sort that out,” the Ryanair pilot said.
“Do be careful please when you’re putting bags in the overhead bins as sometimes things can become dislodged and fall out as it did today. All I can do is apologise for the delay.”
Express.co.uk has contacted Ryanair for further comment on the incident.
It is the second incident to occur on a Ryanair flight today. Armed police had to storm a flight at Stansted after a fight broke out on the aircraft.
Two passengers were involved in an altercation on the Ryanair flight shortly after the plane took off.
The incident forced the Boeing 737 to turn around and return to Stansted at about 12.45pm.
Other customers then had to board a replacement plane to continue their journey to Portugal.
Police spoke to both passengers following the altercation and one was removed from the flight and reported for a public order offence, according to Essex Police.
In a statement, Ryanair confirmed that the flight had to head back to Stansted due to disruptive passengers.
The statement said: “This flight from London to Lisbon returned to Stansted Airport shortly after take-off after a number of passengers became disruptive inflight.
“The aircraft landed normally and was met by police upon arrival. Customers disembarked and boarded a replacement aircraft which continued to Lisbon shortly afterwards.
“We will not tolerate unruly or disruptive behaviour at any time and the safety and comfort of our customers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority. This is now a matter for local police.”
Additional reporting by Jess Sheldon.