Air hostess breaks leg as storm rocks plane
AN air hostess broke her leg in SEVEN places after a plane travelled through a violent storm.
Eden Garrity was serving passengers from a catering cart when the plane shot up 500ft.
The pilot had asked crew members to be seated five seconds before the plane hit the storm.
But Eden did not have time secure the cart and sit down before the severe turbulence.
The 27-year-old was suddenly pinned to the ground. She snapped her ankle during the terrifying incident on August 2 last year.
Eden said: “We hit a massive hail storm. The pilot said to me afterwards that it turned black all around him.
“It was by far the worst turbulence I have ever experienced as a crew member or a passenger.
“It was absolutely terrifying. The plane shot up 500ft within seconds.
“The force of the turbulence pinned me to the ground and forced me towards the floor.
“My feet were locked to the ground and my ankle just completely snapped.
“I didn’t realise what had happened until I tried to take a step and I collapsed.
“My ankle was at a right angle and I just started screaming. The bottom of my foot was facing to the side.
“My body went into shock and I just started panicking.
Eden, from Leigh, was on the floor for an hour while the seats around her were cleared.
Eden was rushed to Wythenshawe Hospital as soon as the Thomas Cook flight, from Cuba, landed in Manchester. She spent nine days in hospital.
She’d broken her fibula in five places and her tibia once. She also fractured the side of her foot and cracked her ankle bone.
The cabin crew member was unable to walk for two months as she needed surgery to insert screws and metal plates inside her leg. She also needed a huge external metal brace.
Thomas Cook paid Eden in full while she was off work before the firm went bust in September.
She is still out-of-work and faces the stress of looking for a new job whilst recovering from the injury.
Eden Garrity needed oxygen after breaking her leg, below left, and is now recovering at home, below right