In-Flight Accidents: What Can Happen?

23rd June 2016

How the safest form of passenger transport could be a source of minor accidents

In-Flight Accidents article aeroplane interior.

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The aeroplane. From the smallest of private jets to the mightiest of long-haul aircraft, they are very much a part of our holiday plans. Whether jetting off to France or on a long-haul flight to Australia, they are the safest form of passenger transport in the world. Accidents are very few and far between.

Any accidents likely to happen on board are preventable. They are usually minor incidents like tripping up or bumping into things which can be treated in no time. This could entail:

  • Bumping into the hostess trolley;
  • Striking your foot onto a given object;
  • Being trodden on by a neighbouring passenger;
  • Grazing your shoulder on a seat back or hostess trolley;
  • Being scalded by hot food or drinks;
  • Falling luggage.

Narrow corridors could result in having your shoulder or other body parts rammed by hostess trolleys. There is also a marginal risk of hot water spraying towards you if s/he is preparing hot drinks. With airline seating being close together, there is half a chance of bumping into seat backs or partition walls.

If you’re sat next to two people in the airline seats, there’s a chance that one of them could tread on your toes. Not so bad if the person weighs up to seven stone but twice that weight, ouch.

The most common form of in-flight accidents comes from above. That of overhead luggage holds designed for hand luggage. If you manage to approach your seat without banging your head on the shelf, there’s the likelihood of hand luggage falling on your head.

In America alone, falling hand luggage is the cause of 4,500 injuries in the air. This can be caused by somebody else catching their head on your suitcase or bag. Or trying to place hand luggage inside the hold itself. Turbulence could also cause luggage to fall, but this is seen as an Act of God.

Claiming compensation

Some injuries could have an effect on one’s performance at work, or in undertaking day-to-day tasks. If luggage falls on one’s head due to a defective door in the luggage hold, the airline could be sued for negligence. Food poisoning or extremely hot food (which has an effect on the person’s health after their flight), could see the operator sued for damages.

This is where Personal Injury Overseas can help. From our offices in central Manchester, we can help you win compensation on a No Win No Fee basis. You can either call us on 0333 006 4099 or send us an email to We shall get back to you as soon as possible.

Wherever you are going this year, we sincerely hope you have a trouble-free break. If the worst happens, you know who to turn to.

Personal Injury Overseas, 23 June 2016.

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