By Cristina Hodgson •
Published: 17 Oct 2019 • 21:10
LEANN WILKINSON, 42, was flying from Manchester Airport to Girona in Spain with Ryanair when her seat fell apart.
The incident took place at the start of the month when the mum-of-five had been on her way to spend a week in Lloret de Mar with family and Friends.
Not long after take-off Ms Wilkinson sensed that her seat seemed to be moving paralysing her in fright.
“I asked my kids if their seats were reclining,” she said. “I was petrified, I daren’t move.
“I didn’t even get up when the seat belt lights went off.”
It was only once the plane had landed that she felt safe to get up and have a proper look at the seat.
“When I was leaving the flight I checked the seat and the bottom just fell off,” she said.
“It just fell away as everyone was trying to disembark.
Leann has confessed that the incident has made her wary of flying in the future, including her return flight one week later.
“I was hoping it wouldn’t be the same plane on the way back, because I just wouldn’t have sat there,” she said.
“I mean it’s not like a bus breaking down is it? You can’t just get off.
“It was very, very frightening.
Leann emailed Ryanair with her complaint when she got back to the UK and was told that all their planes are checked the night before they fly.
In their response to her complaint, a representative from Ryanair said: “We carry out daily audits on each of our aircraft to ensure that all furnishings and equipment are in perfect working order. Any defects noted are repaired that night.
“Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention, we hope that this does not deter you from choosing Ryanair for your future flights.”
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