Two Ryanair crew hospitalised over turbulence-induced injuries

Two cabin crew members were hospitalised after they sustained injuries on board a Ryanair flight from Spain to Belgium on Wednesday night.

Ryanair flight FR-2829 from Reus in Spain to Brussels Charleroi airport encountered severe turbulence over the Pyrenees while still climbing to its cruising altitude. Two cabin crew members were injured in the incident and the pilot declared an emergency, requesting permission to divert to Bordeaux in France and land.

While Ryanair has described their injuries as ‘minor’ it’s understood at least one of the injured crew members was lifted off her feet and struck the ceiling of the Boeing 737-800 jet.

It’s also being reported that one suffered a broken ankle after being struck by a catering trolley while the other sustained a back injury.

When asked about these injuries and whether the staff members had been released from hospital, the airline offered no response.

Ryanair would only say: “This flight from Reus to Brussels Charleroi diverted to Bordeaux after experiencing some air turbulence. The aircraft landed normally and medical personnel treated two cabin crew members who had minor injuries.”

“A spare aircraft and replacement crew were sent from Barcelona to minimise the delay for customers, who were provided with refreshment vouchers in Bordeaux. Ryanair apologised sincerely to all customers affected by this diversion and delay,” the airline said.

Following a similar incident over Spain last year Ryanair said: “Two customers and three cabin crew members sustained minor cuts and bruising.”

In October, however, Spain’s air accident investigation authority (CIAIAC) confirmed one passenger was “seriously injured” while all five were taken to hospital. The incident occurred after Ryanair flight FR-4398 from Dublin to Spain encountered severe turbulence on approach to Reus Airport. The CIAIAC investigation is continuing.

In July 2013, a Ryanair cabin crew member sustained a fractured pelvis after she was thrown into the air after a flight from Italy to Germany encountered severe turbulence. The crew member visited hospital

the following day where an x-ray revealed the fracture.

Italian air accident investigators requested the the Irish Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) undertake the probe.

It was established the captain did not inform air traffic control of the incident and the flight crew failed to make an entry in the Technical Log following the incident.

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