Roisín tells of runway terror
RYANAIR TAKE-OFF HAS TO BE ABORTED
AN ASHFORD WOMAN was left terrified after her oxygen mask on a Ryanair Flight failed to be deployed.
Roisin Hartshorn was travelling with a friend last Thursday morning from Dublin to London when the cabin depressurised and a number of oxygen masks failed to deploy.
The pair were very lucky that the flight wasn’t full as they were able to share an oxygen mask passed to them from another passenger in the seat behind them.
After calling for help from the air hostesses, they were handed a hairpin to try and force their own oxygen masks open.
When this failed they were then handed an ID card from the air hostess and after five minutes their oxygen masks finally deployed.
‘It was so scary because we were sharing a mask while trying to get our own masks to come down. It started to get harder to breath and I could feel my chest starting to tighten. I don’t know what would have happened if the mask didn’t come down when it did,’ explained Ms. Hartshorn. During the take-off of Flight FR208, a protective cover on the craft’s tail
scraped the runway.
‘When we took off we heard a loud bang and it sounded as though the back of the plane hit the runway and about four or five minutes later the plane felt heavy and then a whistling noise started and all the air went out of the plane. It sounded as though there was a hole in plane,’ explained Ms. Hartshorn.
Ms Hartshorn has criticised Ryanair’s handling of the situation, saying that they weren’t given any information from the crew until the cabin pressure had normalised.
The pilot then informed the passengers that they would be returning to Dublin and that it would be a safe landing and there was no need for panic.
‘The captain said that he would be at the top of the plane to answer any questions once we had landed but I just wanted to get off the thing. We were very shaken after the whole ordeal,’ said Ms. Hartshorn.
The flight made an emergency landing at Dublin Airport and passengers were given a ¤5 voucher for a sandwich and the option of a full refund or to take the next flight to London.
Ryanair have said that all oxygen masks were deployed properly and that Thursday’s incident was ‘not a major one’.